Christians in Science


CiS Southampton (formerly Central South) is a group aimed at people in and around the Southampton area who are interested in discussing the relationship between science and Christianity. If you would like to be kept up to date on events, please sign up to the email list – click here for the form. For information about the group please email Peter May (

About CiS Southampton:

We were one of the first CiS local groups and have been running public lectures at the University of Southampton since 2006. A list of all our previous events can be found below, whilst recordings or slides of most lectures (including some mp4 videos) can be found by clicking here.

Upcoming Events:

Thursday 1 November 2018
Does God Play Dice? Lessons from Nanotechnology
Speaker: Prof. Russell Cowburn
Start: 7.30 pm
Venue Lecture Theatre A Building 46 (Physics A), University of Southampton
Admission is free

Einstein quipped that he did not believe that God played dice with the Universe. How can randomness and physical processes built on chance be compatible with a creator God? Randomness is usually associated with imperfection and error, while a creator God would be expected to use the most perfect methods.

In this lecture Prof. Cowburn will draw on lessons from nanotechnology to question our expectations of good design and will show that randomness is actually a powerful tool in any designer’s kit and that without it the Universe would have no life or function.

Russell Cowburn is Professor of Experimental Physics in Cambridge and has research interests in nanotechnology and its application to magnetism, electronics and optics. His research group is involved in the areas of nanoscale magnetism and spintronics. Applications of these projects include low energy computer chips, ultrahigh density 3- dimensional data storage and healthcare devices.



Previous Events:

For recordings or slides of most of the CiS Southampton lectures please click here

2018 – Professor Tom McLeish – Why Science Needs God
2018 – One day conference – Frontiers in Science and Society: Christian Perspectives

  • Prof Neil Messer – Bioethics and cognitive enhancement
  • Prof John Bryant – Bioethics and genetic modification
  • Prof Meric Srokosz – Oceans and climate change
  • Dr Hilary Marlow – Theology of Creation Care
  • Prof Keith Fox – Human genes and gene editing

2017 – Dr Jennifer Wiseman – A curiously abundant universe: Stars, Planets, Life and Purpose
2017 – Prof John Lennox – God and Stephen Hawking: whose design is it anyway?
2016 – Prof John Wyatt – Being Human in an age of Intelligent Machines
2016 – Dr Graeme Finlay – Human Genetics and the Image of God
2016 – Prof Glyn Harrison – Highfield Lecture: The Big Ego Trip
2016 – Prof. Sir Colin Humphreys – Can a Scientist believe in Miracles?
2015 – Prof. Ard Louis – God, Science and Evidence: Engaging with ultimate questions
2014 – Rev. Dr. Ernest Lucas – Can we believe Genesis today?
2014 – Prof. John Bryant – DNA: from designer babies to databases.
2013 – Science and Faith: An Introduction. 1 day course in conjunction with the Faraday Institute, Cambridge
2013 – Prof. Andrew Sims – Is Faith Good for Health?
2013 – Dr. Allan Chapman – Slaying the Dragons: Destroying the myths in the history of science and faith
2012 – Prof. John Wyatt – Matters of Life and Death
2012 – Prof. Bill Newsome – Neurons and Persons: Brain, God and the Mind
2011 – Rev. Dr. Rodney Holder – God and the Multiverse
2011 – Prof. Mike Clifford – Engineering Solutions in a Suffering World
2011 – Prof. Bob White FRS – Natural Disasters
2010 – Dr. James May – Complementary Medicine
2009 – Dr. David Wilkinson – God, Time & Eternity
2009 – Peter S. Williams – A Sceptics Guide to Atheism
2009 – Dr. Denis Alexander – Creation or Evolution?
2008 – Prof. Colin Russell – Science and Faith at War
2008 – Dr. John Lennox – God’s Undertaker
2007 – Sir John Houghton FRS – Global Warming
2007 – Dr.’s Peter May & Seyi Hotonu – Contraception & the Start of Life Debate
2007 – Sir John Polkinghorne FRS – Cosmology and God
2007 – Prof. John Bryant – Moral Mazes in Bioethics
2006 – Prof. Alister McGrath – Dawkins’ God
2006 – Prof. Keith Fox & Peter S. Williams – Debate on Intelligent Design
2006 – Dr. Denis Alexander – Beyond Belief