Christians in Science

Statement of faith

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CiS is an explicitly Christian society and full membership is open only to those who can affirm the declaration below. Corporate bodies such as libraries and individuals who do not wish to make this declaration are welcome to become associate members.

I declare my belief in the triune God as creator and sustainer of the universe, and my faith in Jesus as Saviour, Lord of all and God.

I acknowledge the Bible as the Word of God and its final authority in matters of faith and conduct.

As a steward of God’s world, I accept my responsibility to encourage the use of science and technology for the good of humanity and the environment.

I agree with the aims of Christians in Science.

CiS subscription rates 2019

The following subscription pattern was introduced in 2014 and the intention is that it will remain the same for several years.

Basic subscription – worldwide

Includes:

  • Online access to journal at www.scienceandchristianbelief.org
    (For printed copies, if desired, see below for postage supplement)
  • Online newsletter PréCiS at www.cis.org.uk
    (New issues announced by e-mail update)
  • UK only: mailed newsletter PréCiS
  • Monthly email news update

New basic (online journal) rates:

  • Standard membership (full, associate, joint): £36
  • Graduate membership (first two years after first or post-grad degree): £16
  • Full-time student membership: £6
  • Free student membership: available for one year, for all Christian students studying science or with an interest in science (school or post/undergraduate university students engaged in full-time study). Online journals and newsletters only.

To receive mailed paper copies of the journal (airmailed outside Europe) and including printed copies of PréCiS worldwide, add:

  • UK £4
  • Europe £10
  • Rest of World £14

NB.  All members who have paid to receive printed copies of the journal will also have online access to the journal website, if requested, at no extra cost.

5-year membership (standard rate members only)

Pay for 5 years in advance at 5 times the chosen subscription, for convenience and to safeguard against subscription increases in those 5 years.

Associate Membership (standard rate members only)

Those that do not wish to sign the Membership Declaration (which is our Statement of Faith) may join CiS as Associate Members. Associate Members are not eligible to vote at the Annual Meeting.

Joint membership (standard rate members only)

Two people sharing the same mailing address can apply for joint membership, paying a single subscription and sharing one copy of mailed items.  This allows both members to benefit from CiS concessions such as reduced conference fees.  E-mail communications will be sent to a single e-mail address, for one member to forward to the other if necessary.

Donations

The faithful and generous support of CiS members, many of whom have added extra donations to their subscriptions, has been a great encouragement for the development of the work and ministry of CiS, and is much appreciated.

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Reminders are sent out in February or March (except where regular standing orders are already in place). You may still use the well-established procedures for renewal using mail or email communication with the Membership Secretary.

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In general, the online renewal date is set at 1 April;  this means that if you log on before this date it will show your membership details, including your renewal date, but not ask for renewal.  Logging on after the renewal date will bring up a screen asking you to renew.  If you wish to renew your membership before your online renewal date, please e-mail membership@cis.org.uk to ask for the date to be brought forward, to enable you to do this.

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CiS is an international network of those concerned with the relationship between science and Christian faith, open to scientists, teachers, students and all those with an interest in this dialogue.

Although CiS is primarily a professional group, aimed at those working in science, a significant proportion of our members are not scientists, and we are happy to welcome into membership anyone with an interest in science and faith.

To learn more, you can look at our aims which are reflected in our activities and guided by our statement of faith. Our ongoing work for the next few years is outlined in the overview of the new grant.

Why Christians in Science?

The common misperception that there is always conflict between science and faith can be abused by those with anti-Christian or anti-science agendas. In reality science has always been the domain of many committed Christians such as the astronomer Johannes Kepler who dedicated one of his papers with a prayer, saying I have here completed the work of my calling, with as much intellectual strength as you have granted me. This same attitude is shared by many Christians who work in science today. CiS exists to support such Christians and their aims.

Who are we?

Among our 1000+ members are scientists engaged in research & development, science lecturers, teachers, administrators in university, school or industry, science writers, philosophers, theologians and others who have an interest in the relationship between science and Christian faith. Members include highly distinguished senior scientists, bench scientists, students and school pupils.

CiS is a member of the Evangelical Alliance and has close links with UCCF.

Links relating to Young Earth Creation Science
(YECS) and Intelligent Design (ID)

 

Christians believe that God created the world. In that sense, they are all “creationists”. However, the word “creationist” has taken on a different meaning in the last few decades and now generally refers to people who argue against the scientific consensus that the world is several billion years old and that biological complexity emerged through evolutionary mechanisms. Advocates of this stance often refer to their views as “Young Earth Creation Science” (YECS).

YECS is very controversial, both amongst Christians as well as amongst the general public. On this page we list a selection of the ever expanding number of sites, both pro and contra, devoted in one way or another to YECS. Most groups are US based, but there is also an important Australian influence. It would be a near impossible task to include them all, but we have tried to be as complete as possible in our listing of British YECS groups. We also include a few links on intelligent design (ID), which is rapidly growing in popularity amongst the same constituency that supports YECS.

If you have any suggestions of further links, or find broken ones below, please email Ard Louis

Young Earth Creationism (YECS)

UK based YECS sites

Large YECS groups/websites :

YEC Sites From Other Countries

Anti-YECS sites

Non-Christian Anti-YECS sites

  • Was Darwin wrong? An extensive (and sometimes fairly thoughtful) site defending Darwinism. Has interesting book reviews

Christian anti-YECS sites

I haven’t come across any Christian sites that counter YECS claims point by point like Talk.Origins does on its index to creationist claims page.  However, there are a few sites that do explicitly discuss some YECS claims:

  • Christians in Science(CiS) The membership of CiS holds diverse opinions on YECS. However, it is probably fair to say that the dominant opinion reflects that of most Christians active in academic science or theology, who would not support YECS, and may even consider it to be damaging to the cause of the Gospel. These ideas are reflected, for example, in the following
  • Dinosaurs and the Bible From the popular publishers of the “Our Daily Bread” devotional –whose audience has a large proportion of YECS — an attempt to pitch a larger tent for Christian thinking about origins.

Christian Old-Earth sites

The strong reaction from YECS shows that this issue is crucial

Intelligent Design (ID)

Pro Intelligent Design

Anti Intelligent Design

Other lists and general evolution/creation sites

Other pages with useful lists of resources

Did God create the world? And if so, how did He do it? What evidence does nature provide? Where did human beings come from? What does the Bible teach about creation? Without doubt such questions generate the most heat in discussions about science and faith.

There are many reasons why these issues are so contentious — they impinge on hermeneutics (how we interpret the Bible), epistemology (how we come by “knowledge”), the history and philosophy of science, as well as aspects of archaeology, palaeontology, biology, astronomy, geology, chemistry, physics, and even mathematics.

But perhaps the main source of controversy and confusion stems from the instinctive sense that where we come from determines who we are and how we should then live. And this underlying feeling, right or wrong, often makes it hard for participants in the debate to remain even handed and objective. We hope you find this collection of resources helpful.

Articles

CiS – Faraday Lectures

Multimedia

  • Does evolution contradict Genesis?
    A talk by Rev Dr Ernest Lucas at the CiS Birmingham and West Midlands local group in February 2013.
    Click here for the Audio
  • How should we read Genesis? Is Genesis meant to be a literal account of creation? Great video from Biologos featuring Alister McGrath, John Polkinghorne and N.T. Wright
  • Can we believe Genesis today?
    A talk by Rev Dr Ernest Lucas, recorded during the CiS student conference, 2012
    Audio (mp3  42.2 MB).
  • The reception of Darwinism in the nineteenth century Britain and US
    A lecture given by Professor Ed Larson at the 2012 CiS Residential Conference
    Audio (mp3 6.2MB)
  • A few evolutionary myths …
    A lecture given by Professor Simon Conway Morris at the 2012 CiS Residential Conference
    Audio (mp3 7.8MB)
  • Discussion on Intelligent Design: held on 13th July 2006 at the CiS Central South local group. Two Christians taking opposite views debated and answered questions from the floor, in an atmosphere of honest enquiry. Please listen to the introduction first: it illustrates the way the event was run so that Christians could disagree but remain friends in Christ.
    Dr. Peter May – Introduction (MP3, 2.5Mb)Peter Williams – ID (MP3, 6.2Mb)Prof. Keith Fox – Theistic Evolution (MP3, 7.3Mb)
  • God and Origins: Interpreting the early chapters of Genesis
    A lecture given by Professor Rick Hess at the 2008 CiS London Conference
    Audio (mp3, 29.6 MB)
  • The Christian Doctrine of Creation
    A lecture given by Professor David Wilkinson at the 2008 CiS London Conference
    Audio (mp3, 26.6 MB)
  • Evolution: Biological facts and Theological Challenges
    A lecture given by Professor Darrell Falk at the 2008 CiS London Conference
    Audio (mp3, 27.4MB)
  • Theology of the Fall and Origins of Evil
    A lecture given by Professor Henri Blocher at the 2008 CiS London Conference
    Audio (mp3, 29.3 MB)
  • There are some excellent multimedia resources also available through the Faraday Institute’s pages and on the Test of Faith website.

Links

The authors of the articles and books recommended above all espouse a robust orthodox Christianity, and most would go further and classify themselves as solidly evangelical in their hermeneutics and opinion on the authority of scripture.

On the issue of “How did God create the world?”, many of the links above reflect the dominant view amongst Christians professionally active in academia, which might loosely be characterised as “theistic evolution”. However, amongst the general Christian evangelical public other views on evolution or the age of the earth are also quite common, particularly in the USA and in Australia. Our US sister organisation, the ASA, has written a helpful ASA General Statement on Creation, summarising those views.

We have also compiled a large list of Young Earth Creationism, Old Earth Creationism and Intelligent Design Links.