CiS Ireland brings together those with an interest in science and faith on the island of Ireland. We hold regular meetings, including the God and Science Lectures in various locations in Ireland and our meetings are open to all who have a genuine interest in science-faith issues. For further details please see our website
Speaker: Prof. Paul Ewart (University of Oxford)
Faith in Science – The Relevance of Science for Christian Belief
To download the slides for Paul’s talk – click here
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.
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.
2022 Nov – Why are there Viruses in God’s Creation? (available on the CiS YouTube channel)
2021 Walton Lecture – Thinking Machines? A Christian Perspective
Prof. Stephen Williams
October 2021 – available to watch via the CiS YouTube Channel.
Test of Faith
The evenings were:
2020 Walton Lecture – Climate Change: Facts, Fictions, and our Faith
Prof. Katharine Hayhoe
October 2020 – available to watch via the CiS YouTube Channel.
“Creation Care in the Old Testament: Genesis in Context”
Speaker: Rev Dr Ron Elsdon
CiS Ireland also organize the E. T. S. Walton lectures on Science and Religion:
“Are Natural Disasters Acts of God?”
Speaker: Prof. Bob White
A full listing of previous God and Science Lectures (including audio recordings and slides for some lectures) is on https://cis.org.uk/ireland/lectures.html
All information about previous Walton Lectures is available on https://cis.org.uk/ireland/walton/lectures.html.