The Cosmos and the Classroom: Exploring Faith, Science and God
In Gunning for God, John Lennox says 'The Bible teaches that creation is contingent; that is, God as Creator is free to make the world as and how he likes. Thus, in order to find out what the universe is like and how it works, we have to go and look'. In this Agora we will explore the importance of science as a discipline to engender wonder in the universe that God has created and how it can affirm faith rather than deny it.
Speaker: Associate Professor Frank Stootman
Frank holds a PhD in Physics and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney. This is an honorary appointment following many years of lecturing and research at the University. His primary scientific interests are astrophysics and computational simulation. He has lectured extensively on the relationship of Christianity (Revelation) to Science (Natural Philosophy). He has eclectic interests in philosophy, music, history, politics, the arts, and film. He is a keen amateur videographer and video editor.
Both Frank and his wife Heather have been involved with L’Abri, in various capacities, for over 30 years. Together, they like to help people see that God is and that becoming and being a Christian is not simply a matter of head knowledge but also heart knowledge. Rather than what one achieves in life, it is living before God faithfully and authentically with integrity that is the real measure of a person.
Additional Video Resources
In the above video recording of the live event we had to remove the videos below due to copyright.
Watch Video 1 when you reach the cue slide at 24:27.
Watch Video 2 when you reach the cue slide at 45.25.
Watch Video 3 when you reach the cue slide at 51.20.
Further Reading for Teacher Identified Professional Learning
Below you will find five readings that Associate Professor Frank Stootman has identified as further reading. These readings will give you further insight into the content of the evening and will be valuable to inform your thinking.
1. Harrison, P. (2010). Introduction. In Harrison, P. (Ed.). Science and Religion (pp. 1-18). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
2. Lennox, J. C. (2011). Gunning for God: Why the new atheists are missing the target. Oxford, England: Lion Hudson.
3. McGrath, A. E. (1999). Science and Religion: An Introduction. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
4. Murray, A. (2018). Saving Truth: Finding meaning & clarity in a post-truth world. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan.
5. Stootman, F. H. (2014). The sciences. In Goodlet, K. & Collier, J. (Eds.). Teaching Well: Insights for educators in Christian Schools (pp. 337-351). Canberra, ACT: Barton Books.
Associate Professor Frank Stootman has also recommended the following resources:
Alexander, D. (2008). Creation or Evolution? Oxford: Monarch Books.
Barbour, I.A. (2000). When Science Meets Religion. New York: Harper Collins.
Barbour, I.A. (2002). Nature, Human Nature and God. Minnesota: Augsburg Fortress.
Collins, F.S. (2006). The Language of God. New York: Free Press.
Einstein, A. (1990). Out of my Later Years. New York: Bonanza.
Gross, P.R., & Levitt, N. (1994). Higher Superstition. Maryland: John Hopkins University Press.
Harrison, P. (2007). The Fall of Man and the Foundations of Science. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Harrison, P. (2010). The Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lennox, J.C. (2019). Can Science Explain Everything? Surrey: The Good Book Company.
McGrath, A.E. (2002). Glimpsing the Face of God. UK: Lion Publishing.
McGrath, A.E. (2009). A Fine-Tuned Universe. Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press.
Moreland, J.P. (1990). Christianity and the Nature of Science. Michigan: Baker.
Pearcey, N., & Thaxton, C. (1994). The Soul of Science. Illinois: Crossway Books.
Watkin, C. (2017). Thinking Through Creation. New Jersey: P&R Publishing.