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Video – Church Affliation

We have a wonderful new Church Affliation video available for you to share.

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Video – Christians in Science: Who are we? 

We have a wonderful new video about  “CiS: who we are” available for you to share.

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CiS Update – November 2020

In this month’s CiS Update we have a round up of News and Events. To download a copy of this month’s CiS Update, please click here – 2020 November CiS Update





Latest PréCiS – Autumn 2020

The latest edition of our PréCiS – 2020 Autumn issue.

In this issue we have :-

  • 2020 CiS Online conference review – Written by Nathan Bossoh, UCL/RI Doctoral student, History and Philosophy of Science
  • An interview with Dr Mirjam Schilling
  • Plus the details for the CiS local groups

Enjoy reading.




Café Théologique an online interview: A God of Genes and Viruses – Prof John Bryant

July 2020

Café Théologique welcomes John Bryant, emeritus professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Exeter University. (John is a former CiS Chairman.)

John is interviewed by Revd Dr Mark Laynesmith about his life and work as a biologist and Christian, his thoughts on reconciling evolution and theology, and his reflections on COVID-19.

The video is on YouTube – please click here.


Dr. Francis Collins – 2020 Templeton Prize winner reflects on the impact of covid-19

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH and winner of the 2020 Templeton Prize, reflects on the impact of covid-19 and his role in helping lead the quest to find a cure.
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the NIH and winner of the 2020 Templeton Prize, reflects on the impact of covid-19 and his role in helping lead the quest to find a cure. Learn more at Dr. Collins led the Human Genome Project to its successful completion in 2003 and has advocated throughout his career for the integration of faith and reason. He was announced on May 20th as the 2020 Templeton Prize Laureate.

Thoughts from Prof Paul Ewart, CiS Chair, on Science, Christ and Corona virus

Einstein’s scientific theories are famously difficult to understand for most people and he is quoted as saying that explanations should be “as simple as possible … but no simpler.” Simple explanations are hugely attractive and simplicity is often seen as a characteristic of a theory’s validity. And yet, Einstein’s warning is also valid, for when an explanation becomes too simple, as it may, then it can cease to be an explanation at all.

Theological theories are no less prone to the dangers of over simplification and when they mutate into doctrines then they risk becoming unhelpful. The current pandemic of Covid-19 caused by the corona virus can be explained scientifically but it is also raising theological questions. Questions like, “Why is this happening?” or “Where is God in this disaster?” are receiving public explanations from respected Christian leaders and apologists.

I fear, however, that some of these are just too simple and raise more questions than they answer. Of course, such questions are neither new nor specific to the corona virus. The “standard” answer being given – that we live in a “fallen world”, is also not new, but I believe it needs to be re-examined in the light of Scripture and the teaching of Christ.

The idea of “the fall”, as is well-known, is based mostly on the first three chapters of Genesis and an enigmatic passage in Romans chapter 8, where Paul speaks of Creation being subject to futility and, in the context of hope of future glory, its being “set free from its bondage to decay.” (Romans 8:21)

The Genesis message is of a world made “good” by its Creator and yet now, in our experience of natural disasters or a pandemic, it looks far from good. The simple conclusion is that a world that was once perfect has been spoiled as a result of human sin – the curse put upon the ground by God following Adam’s disobedience. The explanation is thus that suffering, including the present pandemic, is God’s response to human sin. “Simples” as Orlov the meerkat would say!

Following St Augustine, the Christian church has gradually taken this idea to be a basic doctrine rather than just a theological theory. But is it really biblical? How does it fit with the rest of the Bible and, more importantly, with what Christ says about human suffering? The truth is that there is very little else in the Old Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures, to support the idea and it has no place in Jewish theology.

The book of Job is pretty clear that poor Job did not suffer because of his sin. Nonetheless the idea persisted that human suffering from such things as congenital blindness (John 9:1,2) or being killed by a collapsing tower (Luke 13:4) are divine punishment. And yet, Jesus explicitly rejects this simple explanation. Things are more complicated and more subtle than that. Jesus tells us that these things are opportunities to experience the grace of God’s work in our lives. (John 9:3)

We are not given tidy explanations of why the world is the way it is.

Genesis teaches us that the world was made good, and good in the sense of being fit for purpose rather than perfect as we might understand perfection. The whole of the Bible is surely an account of how men and women experience God’s grace in the ups and downs of life, its pain as well as its joys. It is by finding the grace of God in an uncertain world that faith grows to maturity. Job was given no simple answer to his question, “Why is this happening to me?” Instead of reasons he finds a relationship with his Creator and vindication of his faith that his redeemer lives and that in his flesh he shall see God. (Job 19:26)

This pandemic, like so many things in life, presents us with a puzzle, but we are reassured by Paul that, “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, [or in a riddle] but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Christ, above all, teaches us that our faith is not a matter of knowing what we cannot understand; it is, instead, trust in a loving God who will make all things well. Our task is to work in the suffering world using God’s gift of science and show the love of Christ to all.

Paul Ewart

The findings of the survey by Rev Dr Justin Tomkins are here.

A number of CiS members took part in Justin’s survey. (Justin spoke at our AI conference in Bristol 2018. )  To read his findings or download the PDF please click here.

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“Thinking About…”

We have a fantastic set of resources for your church, entitled “Thinking About…”

Science raises some issues that the church can find difficult or ill-equipped to address. Christians in Science have produced a series of introductory leaflets on these topics that are written by Christians who are professional scientists. They are specifically designed to help Christians that do not have a scientific background understand better the relevant science, and any issues that it presents for the Christian.

Each leaflet outlines the basic science behind the topic, how it relates to the Christian (biblical) understanding of the world and suggests some other resources for those who want to take it further.

Currently we have 16 titles in the “Thinking About…” series listed below. These are available to view online,  or download as PDFs. Alternatively email Abigail, our Development Officer, [email protected] to order free copies!

A small sample of the titles:-

Although these resources are available to download free of charge, we would welcome a small donation to cover our costs and support the developing work of CiS. Please click this link to make a donation.