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God and Science Lectures

A series of lectures aimed at the discussion of relevant current issues in the area of science and Christianity. The lectures are aimed to be of relevance to a wider audience, and are held in an informal atmosphere to encourage discussion. We also organise the annual E.T.S. Walton Lecture on Science and Religion.


Upcoming lectures

"Privileged Earth"

Dr. Mart de Groot
(Armagh Observatory)

The Hub Belfast
22 Elmwood Avenue, Belfast
7.30 pm on Tuesday 28 April 2015


"The New Atheists"

David Montgomery
(Director, IFES Ireland)

Maynooth University
North Campus
6:30 pm on Tuesday 14 April 2015 (in collaboration with the Maynooth CU)


Previous lectures

"Super-intelligence, Artilects and the Singularity? Could AI Mean the End of Humankind?"

Prof. David Bell
(Computer Science, Queens University Belfast)
Belfast, 24 March 2015

(No paper available)


"Can Science Explain Away God?"

Dr. David Glass
(Explaining and Explaining Away & University of Ulster)
Belfast, 3 February 2015

An audio recording of the lecture is available at www.thehubbelfast.org
Slides (pdf, 822 kb)


"The Damaged Doctor: the Infection of Killing in Dr. Who"

Rev. Mercia Malcolm
(Minister, Carnmoney Parish Church)
Belfast, 29 April 2013, and Maynooth, 2 April 2014 (in collaboration with the Maynooth CU)

(No paper available)


"Faith Healing and Evidence Based Practice"
(part of a series of lectures on prayer, healing and miracles)

Dr. Jonathan McCrea
Belfast, 3 December 2012, and Maynooth 6 June 2013

Audio recording of lecture (mp3, 12 Mb)
Slides (pdf, 850 kb)


"Theology of Creation"

Prof. Stephen Williams
(Union Theological College, Belfast)
Belfast, 20 May 2013, and Maynooth, 4 December 2013 (in collaboration with the Maynooth CU)

Audio recording of lecture (mp3, 20 Mb)


"Scientific Studies of Prayer: a Look at the Scientific Evidence and the Theological Implications"
(part of a series of lectures on prayer, healing and miracles)

Dr. Dónal O'Mathúna
(Dublin City University)
Belfast, 8 April 2013

(No paper available)


"E. T. S. Walton, Physicist and Nobel Laureate: His Life, Work, and Faith"

Marian and Derek Woods
(Marian is E. T. S. Walton's daughter)
Belfast, 25 February 2013

(No paper available)


"The New Atheists"

Rev. David Montgomery
(Minister, Greystones Presbyterian Church)
Belfast, 21 January 2013

(No paper available)


"The Theology of the Fall"

Prof. Stephen Williams
(Union Theological College, Belfast)
Belfast, 11 June 2012, and Maynooth, Co. Kildare, 4 December 2012

Audio recording of lecture (mp3, 13 Mb)
Audio recording of questions (mp3, 9 Mb)


"Caring for Creation"

Mr. Jonathan Hanson
(Christian Aid)
Belfast, 30 April 2012

(No paper available)


"Ordinary Faith, Ordinary Science"

Dr. William D. Phillips
(Nobel Laureate in Physics)
Dublin, 29 March 2012

(No paper available)


"Geology, Genesis and the Generosity of God"

Rev. Graham Nevin
(Independent EIA Consultant)
Belfast, 28 March 2011

(No paper available)


"Stem Cell Research: Has Science Solved the Ethical Dilemma?"

Dr. Dónal O'Mathúna
(School of Nursing, Dublin City University)
Belfast, 22 November 2010

Audio recording of lecture and questions (mp3, 11 Mb)


"From iPods to iHumans: Ethical Issues and Nanotechnology"

Dr. Dónal O'Mathúna
(School of Nursing, Dublin City University)
Lucan, Co. Dublin, 18 November 2010

See God and Science Paper 9 below


"Gene Therapy: Playing God or Being Human"

Rt. Rev. Dr. Lee Rayfield
(Bishop of Swindon, Canterbury, England)
Belfast, 26 April 2010 and Dublin 27 April 2010

Audio recording of lecture (mp3, 16 Mb)
Audio recording of questions (mp3, 9 Mb)
Slides (pdf, 900 kb)


"Douglas Adams: Life, the Universe and Atheism."

Rev. Dr. Ron Elsdon
(Rector, St Bartholomew’s Church, Belfast)
Belfast, 15 February 2010

(No paper available)


"From iPods to iHumans: What Will Nanotechnology Do to Us"

Dr. Dónal O'Mathúna
(School of Nursing, Dublin City University)
Belfast, 18 January 2010

God and Science Paper 9 (pdf, 220 kb)
Audio recording of lecture (mp3, 14 Mb)
Audio recording of questions (mp3, 5 Mb)


"The Historical Darwin"

Prof. Peter Bowler
(School of History & Anthropology, Queen's University Belfast)
Belfast, 30 November 2009

(No paper available)


"Neuroscience and Religion"

Prof. Ingrid Allen
(School of Biology & Biochemistry, Queen's University Belfast)
Belfast, 16 November 2009

(No paper available)


"God, Gravity and the Universe"

Dr. Joan Centrella
(Gravitational Astrophysicist, Maryland, USA)
Maynooth, 24 April 2009

(No paper available)


"Interpreting Genesis - Strategies and Current Trends"

Prof. Patton Taylor
(Union Theological College, Belfast)
Belfast, 26 January 2009

Audio recording (mp3, 17 Mb)


"Should Christianity be Insulated from Science, or Integrated with It?"

Prof. Roddy Cowie
(School of Psychology, Queen’s University, Belfast)
Belfast, 8 December 2008

God and Science Paper 5 (pdf, 393 kb)
See also Will and Testament, William Crawley's broadcasting diary (BBC NI)


"Religion and Scientific Reason: Dawkins, Locke and Pascal"

Prof. Stephen Williams
(Union Theological College, Belfast)
Belfast, 20 October 2008

God and Science Paper 4 (pdf, 462 kb)


"Science and Christianity: An Uneasy Coupling?: A Mathematicians Perspective"

Prof. Alan Hibbert
(Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Queen's University, Belfast)
Belfast, 22 January 2007

(No paper available)


"Human Genetics and the Image of God"

Dr. Graeme Finlay
(Dept. of Molecular Medicine and Pathology, University of Auckland, New Zealand)
Belfast, 30 October 2006

God and Science Paper 2 (pdf, 610 kb)


"Claiming Back Genesis From the Creationists: Reading The Bible From An Environmental Perspective"

Rev. Dr. Ron Elsdon
(Rector, St Bartholomew’s Church, Stranmillis Road, Belfast)
Belfast, 30 April 2006

God and Science Paper 1 (pdf, 409 kb)