God Science and History

Many people today perceive a marked incompatibility between faith in God and science. There is a sense that the remarkable advances in scientific enquiry have made the idea of God redundant.

Stephen Hawking, the famous British physicist described the significance of his work this way, ‘what I have done is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science. In that case, it would not be necessary to appeal to God to decide how the universe began. This doesn’t prove that there is no God, only that God is not necessary.’

There’s also a similar perception of the relationship between faith in God and history. There is a perceived gulf between Jesus of Nazareth and the findings of historical investigation.

Talking about Jesus in an interview last year, Richard Dawkins opined that ‘the evidence he existed is surprisingly shaky’.

Tonight we’ll be exploring the many sides to these issues, and we’re privileged to host two men who are not only convinced of the reality of Jesus’ death and resurrection, but have thought deeply about how faith in God intersects with science and history.

Andrew Ford holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in genetics and cell biology, and has published research in the area of neuroimmunology, and John Dickson is the Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Ancient History at Macquarie University.

Andrew Ford talks on the compatibility of faith in God with the disciplines of science.

John Dickson talks on the compatibility of faith in God with the disciplines of history.