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 email@example.com for more information. CiS Bristol now has a facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/cisbristol/
No need to book – just turn up. Refreshments provided including homemade cake and tea. No entrance charge, but opportunity to give donation, suggested £5, to cover costs.
Discussion groups – first Friday of every month.
NB – No groups in August but will resume 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The following list of lectures can be downloaded as a PDF leaflet – CiS Bristol Our Fragile Planet 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.
Our Fragile Planet – Beliefs, values and commitments – Why science alone is not enough to solve climate change
Friday 21st June 2019, 7pm for 7.30pm
Speaker: Revd Dr Chris Sunderland
Chris Sunderland has led a rich and varied life. Once he was a research biochemist, working in an Oxford laboratory at the cutting edge of biotechnology. During the 90s he was vicar in Barton Hill. a tower block estate near Bristol city centre. Since then he has worked as a social entrepreneur playing a founding role in initiatives such as Bristol Pound and Sims Hill Shared Harvest. Underneath all this, Chris remains convinced that we are living through an age of deep change, when all of our cultural systems, including our politics and our economics are in decline and something new is emerging. At this moment the one thing that human beings must pay attention to is our relationship with the earth.
He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is ‘Rise up with wings like eagles – discover inner strength to transform our relationship with the earth’.
In this talk Chris will show that climate change is a symptom of a wider disease that concerns the way that we perceive the earth and is reflected in the human-centredness of our institutions. We may pride ourselves on our scientific achievements and our reason, but, in practice, we are not as rational as we pretend. Beliefs, values and other commitments organise the narratives through which we perceive the world. Our response to climate change is being determined not by simple ideas but by a power struggle in which the life of the planet is at stake.
For those of you who could not attend, there is audio and video of many of the previous talks, kindly put together by Dr Roger Tucker on his website outsideecho.
2018 to 2019 – Our Fragile Planet – a Christian Perspective (a series of 8 lectures)
7) March 2019 – Revd Dr John Weaver – Caring for the Earth 3
6) Jan 2019 – Dr Martin Hodson and Rev Margot Hodson – Caring for the Earth 2
5) Nov 2018 – Prof Simon Stuart – Caring for the Earth 1
4) Sept 2018 – Dr Robert Sluka – Caring for the Oceans 2
3) June 2018 – Prof Meric Srokosz – Caring for the Oceans 1
2) March 2018 – Prof Euan Nisbet – Caring for the Atmosphere: Are we breaking the Rainbow?
1) Jan 2018 – Dr Hilary Marlow – Creation Care and the Kingdom of God
Nov 2017 – Professor Sir Colin Humphreys – “Science and the Historicity of the Bible”
Oct 2017 – Dr Jennifer Wiseman – “Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and Life: Investigating a Fruitful Universe”
Sept 2017 – Alan Millard – “Debates in Bible Archaeology”
June 2017 – Dr Ruth Bancewiz – “Wonders of the Living World: Biology and Belief”
March 2017 – Professor Tom McLeish – Faith and Wisdom in Science
January 2017 – Prof Andrew Briggs – “The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions”
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”