Science and Faith: Conflicting or Enriching?

Speaker(s): Alister McGrath, Ross Hastings
Date: Fall 2018
Length: 57m
Product ID: RGDL4802AS

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This is a Interface Lecture Series talk given during the fall of 2018.

This major lecture looks at the relation of two of the most important elements of today's culture - science and religion. Professor McGrath, one of the world's leading authorities in the field, speaks of his own changing attitude towards science and religious faith, as he moved from atheism to Christianity. The lecture focuses on two main ways of understanding the relation of science and religious faith. The first is the 'conflict' or 'warfare' model, adopted by Richard Dawkins; the second is an 'enrichment' model, adopted by McGrath himself which holds that, when seen in the right way, the natural sciences and religious faith can complement each other, and lead to a richer and deeper vision of life.

The lecture was followed by a response from Dr. Ross Hastings, the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology at Regent College.

Interface offers lectures, articles and other resources that probe and preserve the relationship between theology and science, working toward healing the breach between these disciplines as they have taken shape in our late modern age.

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Interface has been made possible through the John Templeton Foundation. The Foundation aims to advance human well-being by supporting research on the Big Questions, and by promoting character development, individual freedom, and free markets. The Foundation takes its vision from its founding benefactor, the late Sir John Templeton, who sought to stimulate what he described as 'spiritual progress.'

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Alister E. McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford. He is author of many books, including A Scientific Theology,The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World, Dawkins' God: Genes, Memes, and the Meaning of Life, and The Dawkins Delusion? Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial of the Divine.n

Ross Hastings is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Regent College. Previously, he served as the Senior Pastor at Peace Portal Alliance Church in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of Missional God, Missional Church: Hope for Re-evangelizing the West.

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