Paper 13: Science and Faith in the Life of Michael Faraday


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Prof. Colin Russell (deceased)


Michael Faraday (1791-1867) is one of the best known of all British scientists whose discoveries have transformed our world and who pioneered the public understanding of science in his Royal Institution lectures. He was also a person of deep religious faith, whose science was practised within a Christian world-view that shaped his attitudes and practices, a world-view which in some cases impinged more directly upon his scientific theories. This paper suggests that a ‘convergent’ rather than ‘divergent’ model best describes science and faith in the life of Michael Faraday.