Bristol CiS is a local group aimed at people in and around the Bristol area who are interested in discussing the relationship between science and faith. Please email Dr Christina Biggs on email@example.com for more information. CiS Bristol now has a facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/cisbristol/
No need to book – just turn up. Refreshments provided including homemade cake and tea. No entrance charge, but opportunity to give donation, suggested £5, to cover costs.
Discussion groups – first Friday of every month.
NB – No groups in August but will resume in September.
The monthly meetings will alternate at two homes and discuss the recent talks and other subjects. For location and other details please email Christina Biggs on firstname.lastname@example.org
This year the Bristol local group are investigating the multi-faceted relationship
between science and society.The following list of lectures can be downloaded as a PDF leaflet
Time: Doors open 7pm for tea and homemade cake; formal start 7.30pm;
evening finishes at 9.30pm.
Venue for all lectures (bar the last one – May 21st 2020) is:-
Redland Church Hall, Redland Green Rd, Bristol BS6 7HE
– nearest train Redland Station; nearest bus no. 9; free parking on nearby roads.
Friday January 31st 2020
Science, creativity and faith in the classroom
Friday March 20th 2020
Genes, free will and human identity – are humans just gene machines and do scientists have the right to shape them?
Professor Keith Fox
Thursday May 21st 2020
Exoplanets, aliens and God – who is out there and what is the real future of humanity?
Prof David Wilkinson
*** Change of Venue: Christ Church Clifton, Clifton Down Rd, Bristol BS8 3BN.
For those of you who could not attend, there is audio and video of many of the previous talks, kindly put together by Dr Roger Tucker on his website outsideecho.
2019 to 2020 – Science, Faith and Society Series
2) December 2019 – Professor Tom McLeish FRS – The poetry and music of science – comparing creativity in science and art
1) Sept 2019 – Professor John Wood – Science as the new priesthood – what is truth now? Can we dare to admit ignorance?
2018 to 2019 – Our Fragile Planet – a Christian Perspective (a series of 8 lectures)
8) June 2019 – Revd Dr Chris Sunderland – Beliefs, values and commitments – Why science alone is not enough to solve climate change
7) March 2019 – Revd Dr John Weaver – Caring for the Earth 3
6) Jan 2019 – Dr Martin Hodson and Rev Margot Hodson – Caring for the Earth 2
5) Nov 2018 – Prof Simon Stuart – Caring for the Earth 1
4) Sept 2018 – Dr Robert Sluka – Caring for the Oceans 2
3) June 2018 – Prof Meric Srokosz – Caring for the Oceans 1
2) March 2018 – Prof Euan Nisbet – Caring for the Atmosphere: Are we breaking the Rainbow?
1) Jan 2018 – Dr Hilary Marlow – Creation Care and the Kingdom of God
Nov 2017 – Professor Sir Colin Humphreys – “Science and the Historicity of the Bible”
Oct 2017 – Dr Jennifer Wiseman – “Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and Life: Investigating a Fruitful Universe”
Sept 2017 – Alan Millard – “Debates in Bible Archaeology”
June 2017 – Dr Ruth Bancewiz – “Wonders of the Living World: Biology and Belief”
March 2017 – Professor Tom McLeish – Faith and Wisdom in Science
January 2017 – Prof Andrew Briggs – “The Penultimate Curiosity: How Science Swims in the Slipstream of Ultimate Questions”
Nov 2016 – Prof Keith Ward – “Why Stephen Hawking is nearer to God than he thinks”
Sept 2016 – Dr Ian Holyer – “Computers and Life”
June-2016 – Dr Lisa Goddard – “The cognitive science of religion – are we born to believe?”
Mar-2016 – Prof Glynn Harrison – “Ego Trip: does the self esteem movement promote, or impede, human flourishing?”
Jan-2016 – Prof Alasdair Coles – “What can neuroscience tell us about faith?”
Nov-15-Alistair McGrath on “Science, Faith, and God: Richard Dawkins vs C S Lewis on the Meaning of Life”
Jun-15-Ernest Lucas on Theology of Origins
Mar-15-Rt Rev Dr Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon, on the biology of embryos (origin of human life)
Jan-2015-Chris Southgate on Origin of Life
Nov-14-Peter Bussey on Big Bang
Jun-14- Dr Stuart Judge: What can neuroscience tell us about free will?
Mar-2014- Dr Eric Alborne: Science Education: a most Christian calling.
Oct-13- Professor Andrew Sims: Is Faith Delusion? Why Religion is good for your Health (attendance 91)
Jun-13- Prof John Wyatt, Beginning Life in a Brave New World
Feb-2013- Rev Dr Justin Tomkins, Better People or Enhanced Humans?
Oct-12- Dr Kate Distin, Is religion a virus of the mind? A response to the New Atheists
May-12- Dr John Bimson, Trinity College Bristol: “Thinking Through the Fall”
Mar-12- Dr Denis Alexander, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion: “Human Evolution, Adam and Eve Genetics and the Bible”
Feb-2012- Prof Bob Whilte FRS, University of Cambridge: “Natural Disasters: Acts of God? A Christian geophysicist’s perspective”
Oct-11-Dr Rhoda Hawkins, University of Sheffield: “Necessary evils? From forest fires to disease”
May-11-Dr Rodney Holder, Faraday Institute: “God and the Multiverse – A Response to Stephen Hawking”
Feb-11-Dr Ard Louis, Department of Physics, University of Oxford: “Self-assembly and evolution: models, metaphors and meaning”
Nov-10- Professor John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of Cell and Molecular Biology, Exeter University: “Synthia – synthetic life or cells and spin?”
Oct-10-Professor Ross McKenzie, Department of Physics, University of Queensland, Australia: “Emergence”
Jun-10- Dr Jonathan Doye, Lecturer in Theoretical Chemistry, Oxford and Fellow of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion: “Chance, Providence and Free Will”
Mar-10-Revd Dr Ernest Lucas, Vice-President, Bristol Baptist College: “Are Evolution and Genesis 1-3 compatible?”
Nov-09- Professor Andrew Halestrap, Professor of Biochemistry at Bristol University: “Science, Suffering and the Love of God”