Seminar 2

All Creation Praises God! – Science and worship in action

Dr Ruth Bancewicz, Church Engagement Director, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge

Ruth is a former geneticist who will explore how our knowledge of the diversity and complexity of life might affect the way we express our prayers of adoration. She’s edited one book, Test of Faith, Spiritual Journeys with Scientists, written another, God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith and has another waiting to be published next year, Wonders of the Living World – Curiosity, awe, and the meaning of life.

You can read more about Ruth’s work on the staff pages of the Faraday institute and her weekly blog is called Science and Belief.

Summary

Every scientist feels a sense of awe and wonder from time to time in their work, and different people react to those experiences in very different ways. For Christians, these mountain-top moments are not proof of his existence, but what they see in the world resonates with their beliefs, turns their attention to the character of God, and reminds them that the world has been made for a purpose.

This talk will draw on the work of successful scientists who are also people of faith. Ruth will focus on celebrating recent discoveries in biology, appreciating the intricacy, diversity and fruitfulness of the living world. She will share how these discoveries can feed into the life and worship of the church – especially our prayers of praise and adoration.

Hymn

The hymn that was written in response to the seminar by Andrew Pratt is entitled “Human searching started early” and can be found at this link.

Workshop 1: Recording

The questions Ruth is asked in this interview were those selected after a discussion at two workshops by those who had just listened to her keynote talk.

Workshop 2: Reflecting

Two groups reflected on what Ruth had said and drew up a series of questions that might guide further discussion in a house group (or other small group).

Taking responsibility for scientific knowledge” addresses how we respond to what we now know about creation and how it is being threatened and can be downloaded at this link.

The relationship between Science and Religion” explores more general questions ans can be downloaded at this link)

Workshop 3: Responding

A selection of prayers written in response to the keynote talk

Workshop 4: Resourcing

Links to relevant hymns, Bible passages, internet resources and books – not yet active