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The E. T. S. Walton Lectures on Science and Religion

The E. T. S. Walton Lectures on Science and Religion (Walton Lectures in brief) are a series of lectures on currents topics related to science and religion, suitable to an audience of academics and informed lay persons. Each year a speaker, who is a scientist, philosopher, or theologian of international reputation, will be invited to give a lecture, which will be held in one or more locations on the island of Ireland.

The Walton Lectures are named after physicist and Nobel laureate the late Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton. Walton's work as a scientist and his Christian commitment are well documented in the biography written by V. J. McBrierty: Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton, The Irish Scientist, 1903-1995 (Trinity College Dublin, 2003). Walton was strongly committed to the Methodist faith, and following the award of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1951 jointly to himself and John Cockroft, he spoke on science and religion to audiences in Ireland, the United States, and Sweden. The award to Walton is to date the only Irish Nobel prize in science.

The Walton Lectures are organised by Christians in Science Ireland.


The 2011 Walton Lecture


Darwin's Impact on the Relationship between Science and Religion
Rev. Prof. David Wilkinson
St. Johnís College, Durham University

The lecture was given on 24 November 2011 at University Road Moravian Church, Belfast, and at Trinity College, Dublin.

Audio recordings (Dublin lecture):
Introduction (mp3, 1.6 Mb)
Walton Lecture (mp3, 13 Mb)
Questions and Answers (mp3, 5.7 Mb)

Slides and review:
Slides (pdf, 2.7 Mb)
Review (pdf, 97 kb)

This lecture was organised by Christians in Science Ireland in collaboration with the University Road Moravian Church and the Trinity College Dublin Christian Union.

Rev. Prof. David Wilkinson has degrees in both astrophysics and theology and has written extensively about science and Christianity. More information about him can be found on his personal webpages.



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