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.

NB there will not be a discussion group in August but will re-commence in September.

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

CiS Bristol 2016-17 yearcard (3)

Friday 30 Sept,
“Computers and Life”
Dr Ian Holyer
Tyndale Baptist Church – Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2QG


Keith Ward Nov2016 flyerWednesday 16 November,
“Why Stephen Hawking is nearer to God than he thinks”
Prof Keith Ward – a Fellow of the British Academy, Regius Professor Emeritus of Divinity at Oxford, and Senior Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He has taught philosophy and theology at various Universities, and written a number of books on religion and science – including God, Chance, and Necessity, and Pascal’s Fire (both Oneworld Press).

The talk will be based on ‘The Grand Design’, by Stephen Hawking (Bantam, 2011), and will suggest that the Hawking hypothesis of the dependence of the observed universe on a deeper quantum reality, which, Hawking says, may involve consciousness at some level, is remarkably like traditional Christian belief in God. Thus the talk will consider how some elements of quantum physics are suggestive of the idea of a Cosmic Consciousness – that is, God.

St Mary Redcliffe Church, 12 Colston Parade, Redcliffe, BS1 6RA

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2017 Programme

Friday 27 January 2017
“The Penultimate Curiosity: How science swims in the slipstream of ultimate questions.”
Professor Andrew Briggs
Tyndale Baptist Church,139 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2QG

Friday 10 March 2017
“Faith and Wisdom in Science”
Professor Tom McLeish FRS
Alma Church, 29 Alma Rd, Bristol BS8 2ES

Friday 16 June 2017
“Wonders of the Living World: Biology and Belief”
Dr Ruth Bancewiz
Alma Church and Garden, 29 Alma Rd, Bristol BS8 2ES

Friday 29 Sept 2017
“Debates in Bible Archaeology”
Professor Alan Millard
Tyndale Baptist Church,139 Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2QG

Friday 17 November 2017
“Science and the Historicity of the Bible”
Professor Sir Colin Humphries
Christ Church Clifton, Bristol BS8 3BN



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-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”