Everyone has questions about science and faith, no matter who they are or where they come from. We might have ethical questions about new discoveries and technologies, find that nature documentaries give us a sense of awe and wonder, or ask questions about scientific ‘proof for God’ – and every young person is studying science at school. Engagement with these subjects is not an optional extra for us today!
In a 2018 survey, 30% of non-religious people and about 10 % of Christians thought the church was ‘not compatible with science’ (World Vision/Barna, 2018, over 2,000 non-Christians and 1,000 Christians surveyed). So how do we respond to that?
The Faraday Institute was named after the outstanding scientist Michael Faraday, who invented the electric motor and was Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution. He was famous for his public lectures, and saw no conflict between his research and Christian faith.
Our aim is to continue in Faraday’s footsteps, demonstrating that Christians can enjoy science. Since our founding in 2006, we have run a series of academic research projects, and also provided a steady stream of opportunities for both scientists and the general public to explore these topics.
The primary mission of The Faraday Institute is to engage with mainstream science, addressing subjects that are relevant to society today, and creating opportunities for dialogue with both the scientific world and the general public. All of the activity relating to Faraday Churches takes place within a firm commitment to the Nicene and Apostolic Creeds, catering for all Christian denominations.
We are very aware that every church juggles competing demands for time and resources, and interacting with science cannot always be a top priority. However, we want to give everyone the opportunity to think about how science relates to faith, integrating some engagement with science into your existing activities without you having to spend a fortune or invent entire new programmes from scratch.
Many of the topics covered here raise interesting and important questions for Christians, and there are often a range of views on them within the UK Church as a whole. We affirm the same Gospel, but there are different views on secondary issues such as reproductive medicine or points of Biblical interpretation. We are confident that this material will provide a welcome stretch for any Christian’s thinking, helping your faith to grow as you discern how to interact with science from a Biblical perspective.
The Church Engagement Director, Dr Ruth Bancewicz, is available to support and encourage you, drawing on Faraday research and resources and our wide network of speakers, equipping you with relevant and readily accessible ways to engage with science as part of your regular activities.
To learn more about how we believe all churches can engage with science, read our introductory article, Science and the Church, or watch or listen to this talk by Ruth Bancewicz. Explore further in the links to the right.
If you want help with youth or children work, please contact our Youth and Schools team.
Our work with churches is funded by generous grants from the Sir Halley Stewart Trust, the John Templeton Foundation, and a number of churches and individual donors. For more information about supporting this work, please email email@example.com.