2022 E.T.S. Walton Lecture on Science and Religion
Dr. Mirjam Schilling (University of Oxford
Why are there Viruses in God’s Creation?
Thursday 17 November 2022
8 pm (Irish Standard Time)
The lecture will be live streamed on the Christians in Science YouTube channel.
Abstract. For the past two years, the coronavirus pandemic not only disrupted most of our normal activities but also led to an enormous amount of suffering. From experience, we also know the vast amount of suffering other viruses can cause. It is therefore tempting to think of viruses as malicious entities. As Christians, we might further wonder whether the existence of viruses was originally intended by God or what this tells us about his character? However, a proper understanding of the biology of viruses shows that the topic is more complicated and that there is much to be discovered about viruses and many of the bigger questions in life.