Dublin – Prof. Paul Ewart: Faith in Science – The Relevance of Science for Christian Belief

When

18/05/2023    
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Where

Trinity Church
The Exchange, 50 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin
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Paul Ewart has obtained a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Physics from Queen’s University Belfast and then was an (SERC) Advanced Fellow at the Blackett Laboratory at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London. In 1979 he moved to the Physics Department at Oxford University, later becoming Professor of Physics and Head of the Department of Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford University, as well as a Tutor and Fellow of Worcester College. He is now Emeritus Professor at Oxford University.

His research work has centred on using lasers to study atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics and nonlinear spectroscopy, including interdisciplinary applications of laser spectroscopy to combustion and environmental physics. He has held visiting professorships at the Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics and the University of Colorado in Boulder, USA, at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Paul Ewart is a former Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and is the current Chair of Christians in Science. More information about Paul Ewart can be found on his personal webpage.

Thursday 11 May 2023
19:00, Union Theological College, 108 Botanic Ave, Belfast

Thursday 18 May 2023
19:30, Trinity Church, The Exchange, 50 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin

Abstract. Science today is often seen as in conflict with belief in God. It is thought by some people to justify atheism and by some religious people to be a danger that undermines faith, and therefore to be avoided. However, it was faith in one Creator God that led to Science, and Science itself provides pointers to God that can enhance faith and worship. Faith in Science as the only valid path to truth will be shown to be misplaced, but that science, as it feeds into natural theology, supports Christian faith as a rationally justified belief.