September 19, 2015
Durham University (UK) physics lecturer Prof Tom McLeish traversed the history of the relationship between science and religion, looking at whether science had replaced God as an explanatory framework, historical narrative or as a source of mystery?
Did Darwin debunk religion? No – because creationism had already been debunked. Genesis is not be literally interpreted, Tom told the more than 60 people, from 10 years old up, gathered at The Rees Hotel Queenstown. Genesis is only one of many metaphorical creation stories in the Bible.
Albert Einstein said “Religion without science is blind. Science without religion is lame.” The vast majority of scientists don’t believe science has replaced God and removing “the false opposition of science and faith is going to be important in restoring a healthy public narrative for science – letting us have a grown-up conversation,” Tom said.
Powerpoint slides (click to download)