Christians in Science


Bristol CiS is a local group aimed at people in and around the Bristol area who are interested in discussing the relationship between science and faith. Please email Christina Biggs on for more information.

For all Upcoming talks

No need to book – just turn up. Refreshments provided including homemade cake and tea. No entrance charge, but opportunity to give donation, suggested £4, to cover costs.

Discussion groups – first Friday of every month.

The monthly meetings will alternate at two homes and discuss the recent talks and other subjects. For location and other details please email Christina Biggs on

Friday 29th Sept 
“Debates in Bible Archaeology”
Professor Alan Millard, Emeritus Rankin Professor of Hebrew & Ancient Semitic Languages at the University of Liverpool will be giving insights into his favourite current puzzles, so that we can better enjoy and understand both what is well-established and what is not yet solved in the science of bible archaeology.
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Tyndale Baptist Church,139 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2QG


Wednesday 18th Oct
“Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and Life: Investigating a Fruitful Universe”
Speaker: Dr Jennifer Wiseman, astronomer and Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a sister network Scientific Affiliation, of Christians in Science UK.
Modern telescopes are revealing an incredible, beautiful, and active universe. Dr. Wiseman will show images of beautiful nebulae, active planets, star nurseries, galaxies that harbour black holes, and even infant galaxies from the distant universe and will help us explore the sense of awe and purpose kindled by both science and the Psalms. Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is currently a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre.  She is also interested in public science policy and outreach, and directs the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In this talk she is not presenting NASA policy but rather her own personal reflections on faith in the light of the findings of her research into galaxy formation.
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
All Saints Church Pembroke Road BS8 3ED


Friday 17th Nov
“Science and the Historicity of the Bible”
Speaker: Professor Sir Colin Humphreys CBE FREng. Colin is a current Director of Research at Cambridge University, and Professor of Experimental Physics at the Royal Institution in London.
He was President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining in 2002 and 2003 and knighted for services to science as researcher and communicator.  Colin will be sharing his thoughts on astronomical and geological events described in the Bible, such as the crossing of the Jordan river, the Bethlehem Star and the timing of a possible solar eclipse for the Crucifixion. He has also hinted that he has had an idea about Joshua’s long day!
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Christ Church Clifton, Bristol BS8 3BN



Programme of Events 2018 – 19

Our Fragile Planet – a Christian Perspective

This series of lectures will look at the Biblical mandate for caring for our world and the science that lies behind the challenges we face. The intention is that the lectures should not only inform us of the objective facts and controversies, but also look at how God’s people can respond both as individuals and corporately, and in a manner that balances the needs of individuals with the need to safeguard the future of our planet.
The venue for all lectures is Redland Church Hall, Redland Green Rd, Bristol BS6 7HE – nearest train Redland Station; nearest bus no. 9; free parking on nearby roads.

The following list of lectures can be downloaded as a PDF leaflet – CiS Bristol Our Fragile Planet 2018-19

Creation Care and the Kingdom of God
Friday 19th January 2018 – 7pm for 7.30pm
Dr Hilary Marlow
The biblical mandate as to why we should care for our planet and how this links with Kingdom Theology?

Caring for the Atmosphere
Friday 23rd March 2018, 7pm for 7.30pm
Prof Euan Nisbet
Including a consideration of greenhouse warming, pollution and climate change

Caring for the Oceans 1
Friday 15th June 2018, 7pm for 7.30pm
Prof Meric Srokosz
Looking at the changing ocean dynamics including temperature, acidity, salinity, sea levels and ice melt.

Caring for the Oceans 2
Friday 28th September 2018, 7pm for 7.30pm
Dr Robert Sluka
Looking at marine biological aspects including coral bleaching, biodiversity and sustainable fish stocks

Caring for the Earth 1
Friday 23rd November 2018, 7pm for 7.30pm
Prof Simon Stuart
Species conservation: a summary of progress and challenges for the future

Caring for the Earth 2
Friday 25th January 2019, 7pm for 7.30pm
Dr Martin Hodson 
Sustainable agriculture issues in relationship to population increases and the effects of climate change

Caring for the Earth 3
Friday 15th March 2019, 7pm for 7.30pm
Revd Dr John Weaver
Sustainable energy including renewable resources, nuclear and fracking

Beliefs, values and commitments
Friday 21st June 2019, 7pm for 7.30pm.
Revd Dr Chris Sunderland
Why science alone cannot solve the problems we face



For those of you who could not attend, there is audio and video of previous talks except the first available, kindly put together by Dr Roger Tucker on his website follow the link to CiS Bristol. 

Previous talks:

June 2017 – Dr Ruth Bancewiz – “Wonders of the Living World: Biology and Belief”

March 2017 –  Professor Tom McLeish – Faith and Wisdom in Science (link coming soon)

Nov 2016 – Prof Keith Ward – “Why Stephen Hawking is nearer to God than he thinks”

Sept 2016 – Dr Ian Holyer – “Computers and Life”

June-2016 – Dr Lisa Goddard – “The cognitive science of religion – are we born to believe?”

Mar-2016 – Prof Glynn Harrison – “Ego Trip: does the self esteem movement promote, or impede, human flourishing?”

Jan-2016 – Prof Alasdair Coles – “What can neuroscience tell us about faith?”

Nov-15-Alistair McGrath on “Science, Faith, and God: Richard Dawkins vs C S Lewis on the Meaning of Life”

Jun-15-Ernest Lucas on Theology of Origins

Mar-15-Rt Rev Dr Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, on the biology of embryos (origin of human life)

Jan-2015-Chris Southgate on Origin of Life

Nov-14-Peter Bussey on Big Bang

Jun-14- Dr Stuart Judge: What can neuroscience tell us about free will?

Mar-2014- Dr Eric Alborne: Science Education: a most Christian calling.

Oct-13- Professor Andrew Sims: Is Faith Delusion? Why Religion is good for your Health (attendance 91)

Jun-13- Prof John Wyatt, Beginning Life in a Brave New World

Feb-2013- Rev Dr Justin Tomkins, Better People or Enhanced Humans?

Oct-12- Dr Kate Distin, Is religion a virus of the mind? A response to the New Atheists

May-12- Dr John Bimson, Trinity College Bristol: “Thinking Through the Fall”

Mar-12- Dr Denis Alexander, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion: “Human Evolution, Adam and Eve Genetics and the Bible”

Feb-2012- Prof Bob Whilte FRS, University of Cambridge: “Natural Disasters: Acts of God? A Christian geophysicist’s perspective”

Oct-11-Dr Rhoda Hawkins, University of Sheffield:  “Necessary evils? From forest fires to disease”

May-11-Dr Rodney Holder, Faraday Institute: “God and the Multiverse – A Response to Stephen Hawking”

Feb-11-Dr Ard Louis, Department of Physics, University of Oxford: “Self-assembly and evolution: models, metaphors and meaning”

Nov-10- Professor John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of Cell and Molecular Biology, Exeter University: “Synthia – synthetic life or cells and spin?”

Oct-10-Professor Ross McKenzie, Department of Physics, University of Queensland, Australia: “Emergence”

Jun-10- Dr Jonathan Doye, Lecturer in Theoretical Chemistry, Oxford and Fellow of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion: “Chance, Providence and Free Will”

Mar-10-Revd Dr Ernest Lucas, Vice-President, Bristol Baptist College: “Are Evolution and Genesis 1-3 compatible?”

Nov-09-  Professor Andrew Halestrap, Professor of Biochemistry at Bristol University: “Science, Suffering and the Love of God”