CTNS Public Forum: Lies, Damned Lies, Science and Theology
Bishop Richard Cheetham
Graduate Theological Union Library, Dinner Board Room
The popular image of science as providing reliable, useful and objective knowledge, whilst theology only offers speculative and subjective opinion is remarkably widespread and persistent. This remains so despite a large and growing body of academic literature which presents a much more nuanced view. One important understanding is that both science and theology can be seen as saying (albeit in different ways) true things about the way things really are - i.e. a critical realist stance. This lecture will explore popular myths about science and theology, the academic literature, and offer ways of enabling this more informed approach to be more widely heard both in the church and the wider world.