Northern 2015

The Manchester Christians in Science group in collaboration with Nazarene Theological College hosted the CiS Northern Conference on Sat 18th April 2015.

God Loves Science: Towards a Theology of the Scientific Enterprise

Speakers included: Prof Tom McLeish, FRS (Durham); Dr Althea Wilkinson (Manchester); and Prof David Watts (Manchester)

Thinking God’s Thoughts After Him  (David Watts) Presentation (PDF 20.6MB)
Mining Ancient Wisdom for a Theology of Science  (Tom McLeish) Presentation (PDF 3.26MB)
Astronomy and Christian Discipleship (Althea Wilkinson) Presentation (PDF 3.84MB)
Mathematics and the Beauty of God (David Watts) Presentation (PDF 2.55MB)
Practical Consequences of a Theology of Science  (Tom McLeish) Presentation (PDF 3.79MB)


Tom McLeish, FRS, is Professor of Physics at the University of Durham and, until recently, Pro Vice-Chancellor for research. Additional to his scientific researches in molecular rheology and biological physics he is a frequent speaker and broadcaster on science policy and on the perennial themes of natural philosophy apparent in ancient texts, including The Book of Job. He is the author of Faith and Wisdom in Science (OUP, 2014).

Dr Althea Wilkinson is in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. She is Project Manager at Jodrell Bank Observatory for the Signal and Data Transport (SaDT) Consortium. This is the backbone of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) multi-purpose radio telescope, based in South Africa and Western Australia. The SKA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope that will play a major role in answering key questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology.

David Watts, FInstP, is Professor of Biomaterials Science at the University of Manchester in the School of Dentistry and the Photon Science Institute. His research is into the molecular physics and clinical applications of light-induced material phase changes and in biomaterials for bone regeneration. He regularly speaks on science/faith issues and is a contributor to Christians and Evolution, (R.J. Berry, Ed; Monarch, 2014).