Faith, Hope and Quarks: The Search for God in Contemporary Cosmology

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Date: Tuesday 23rd July 2013 at 7.30 pm.

Speaker: Revd. Dr David Wilkinson, BSc, PhD, MA, PhD, FRAS

Lecture Title: “Faith, Hope and Quarks: The Search for God in Contemporary Cosmology”

Venue: Main Common Room, New College, UNSW.


Dr Wilkinson, with PhDs in theoretical astrophysics and systematic theology, is the Professor and Principal of St John’s College, Durham University, UK.
His scientific background is research in theoretical astrophysics, where he gained his first PhD in the study of star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions such as the event which wiped out the dinosaurs. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and has published a wide range of papers on the above subjects. David also trained for the Methodist ministry, studying theology at Cambridge and his second PhD was in systematic theology, exploring how Christian eschatology relates to the end of the Universe. His current work involves the relationship of Christian theology to contemporary culture and includes a long interest in the dialogue of science and religion, especially as it impacts on the physical sciences. He has written a number of books including God, time and Stephen Hawking (Oxford), Creation (in the Bible Speaks Today Bible Themes series, IVP), Christian Eschatology and the Physical Universe (T&T Clark) and numerous articles on science and faith issues.

Abstract: The relationship of science and religion is often presented as one of conflict. However in cosmology, where the big question of the origin of the universe is discussed, science seems to raise questions which go beyond its own ability to answer. In this lecture, David Wilkinson will discuss the Big Bang model of the universe and the questions it raises for belief in God. From M-theory to an accelerating universe, do we see an absence of God or pointers to a deeper story?


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