Knowing Creation through Science and Religion


Science and Christianity share an interest in understanding how creation works. In different and yet related ways, they both bear witness to the wonders of the natural world and are not necessarily in competition, despite commonly being separated. One way to reconcile this lies in thoughtful and informed dialogue between the two, which recently transpired at the Knowing Creation conference at St Andrews on August 23-24, 2014.

The conference was organized by Scientists in Congregations Scotland, a program funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. “One of the aims of the conference was to invite speakers from a broad range of perspectives,” explains project leader Andrew Torrance. “We took people outside of their immediate comfort zones to think about the important diverse views that┬ácan┬ácontribute to the discussion on the interrelationship between science and Christianity.” Several of the conference sessions explored various aspects of creation, evolution, and natural knowledge of God.

Modeled after Scientists in Congregations in the United States, also supported by the Foundation, Scientists in Congregations Scotland provides small grants to enable scientists and pastors to create programs for their congregations to delve into the intersection of theology, science, and faith. “What ensued over the conference weekend prompted lively and through-provoking exchanges, a key source of inspiration for the attending grantees,” continues Torrance. “It also helped initiate new friendships and networks which is key to our aims.” Some of the papers from the conference as well as videos will soon be available online.