Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Public Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar
The topic of creation is at the heart of the debate between science and Christian belief. Many claim that the natural sciences have made faith in a Creator redundant (along with the biblical texts of creation), while many others respond by rejecting or revising the science and insisting upon a literalistic reading of Genesis; still others attempt to harmonise by assuming that the texts are ‘metaphor’ or ‘poetry’. Almost never brought to bear in the debate are the complex historical and critical questions raised by over two centuries of sustained biblical scholarship of the texts. This talk will explore some of the ways in which the debate changes completely upon gaining a deeper appreciation of these issues. It will, for instance, examine some of the many creation texts outside of the book of Genesis, which are almost always overlooked in the debate, but which bring very different issues to bear in conversation with modern science. Since some of the most important biblical texts describe the work of Christ and the Spirit in creation, the talk will also explore the Christian idea of God as Trinity as a constructive means of building the relationship between science and belief.