Christians in Science - Our Fragile Planet

Start date
21 Jun 2019, 7:30 p.m.
End date
21 Jun 2019, 9:30 p.m.
Redland Church Hall, Bristol

This series of lectures will look at the Biblical mandate for caring for our world and the science that lies behind the challenges we face. The intention is that the lectures should not only inform us of the objective facts and controversies, but also look at how God's people can respond both as individuals and corporately, and in a manner that balances the needs of individuals with the need to safeguard the future of our planet.

Beliefs, values and commitments

Revd Dr Chris Sunderland will be speaking on why science alone cannot solve the problems we face.

Chris Sunderland has led a rich and varied life. Once he was a research biochemist, working in an Oxford laboratory at the cutting edge of biotechnology. During the 90s he was vicar in Barton Hill. a tower block estate near Bristol city centre. Since then he has worked as a social entrepreneur playing a founding role in initiatives such as Bristol Pound and Sims Hill Shared Harvest. Underneath all this, Chris remains convinced that we are living through an age of deep change, when all of our cultural systems, including our politics and our economics are in decline and something new is emerging. At this moment the one thing that human beings must pay attention to is our relationship with the earth.

He is the author of three books, the most recent of which is ‘Rise up with wings like eagles – discover inner strength to transform our relationship with the earth’.

In this talk Chris will show that climate change is a symptom of a wider disease that concerns the way that we perceive the earth and is reflected in the human-centredness of our institutions. We may pride ourselves on our scientific achievements and our reason, but, in practice, we are not as rational as we pretend. Beliefs, values and other commitments organise the narratives through which we perceive the world. Our response to climate change is being determined not by simple ideas but by a power struggle in which the life of the planet is at stake. 

For more information, contact Dr Christina Biggs.