Lecture: How can Science fit with Miracles?

07 September 2022
19:30 - 20:45
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How can science fit with miracles?

Miracles play a powerful role in Christianity but how should we interpret them? Can we continue to accept the idea of miracles in an age that is dominated by scientific rationalism?

This will be the topic for discussion in a Science-Faith lecture in Norwich Cathedral on Wednesday 7 September at 7.30pm.

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys will examine some biblical accounts of miracles from the perspective of a scientist. Did the River Jordan really stop flowing so that the ancient Israelites could walk across and enter the land of Canaan (the Holy Land)? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? Both miracles have been pivotal in human history. But how can a scientist believe in miracles? Professor Humphreys insists that we should be sceptical about all potentially miraculous events, but he also believes that both events really happened. Come along and find out why!

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys has a long and distinguished research career at the University of Cambridge and the University of London. His current scientific interest concerns graphene, a new carbon-based material with potential applications in a wide range of electronic devices. He recently co-founded a company to exploit this exciting area of technology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and in 2010 he was knighted for his “services to science”. He is an author of several books and articles on science and faith, including Creation and Evolution (1985), The Miracles of Exodus (2003), and The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus. (2011). He is a past-President of Christians in Science, UK.

The open lecture will be the 14th in a series of annual Science-Faith Cathedral Lectures organised by Science and Faith in Norfolk (SFN), a Norwich-based group that provides a forum to explore contemporary scientific issues from a Christian perspective. There is no need to book and no charge, only a voluntary retiring collection.

For more information, please visit the SFN website or email sfnorfolk1@gmail.com.