From the Big Bang to Biology: Do we detect the Hand of God?

18–22 March 2024 (Mon–Fri)

Can real scientists have a religious faith? Are science and faith compatible? To address these questions, we will immerse ourselves in the awe-inspiring story of the sweep of cosmic history from the Big Bang to humankind. Graham will consider the wonders of space and also what science is telling us about the nature of reality at the quantum level. John will ponder the beautiful complexity of living things and the ways in which they interact. But how did it all start? Did it all happen by ‘blind chance’? Where do humans fit in? Are we really made ‘in the image of God’? Come and investigate these questions with us and enjoy this celebration of God’s revelation in nature!

Who's speaking?

Graham Swinerd

Graham Swinerd is currently a writer, speaker and a University Visitor at Southampton University. He was a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society throughout his working life, and is now an advisor to Lee Abbey on their star-gazing activity. Having spent most of his life as an agnostic scientist, he is now a passionate advocate for the view that science is God’s revelation in Nature.

John Bryant

John Bryant is Emeritus Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Exeter. He has researched for many years on plant genes and DNA but has always retained his passion for the natural environment. He is a former Chair of Christians in Science and a Past-President of the Society for Experimental Biology. He now writes, speaks and broadcasts on science, science-faith issues and bioethics.

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You will receive a warm welcome from our international Community, a beautiful and spacious home to stay in, delicious meals prepared and served for you, a well resourced library, quiet spaces to relax in, lawn games to play, 288 acres of our estate to explore, the wild north Devon coastline and the South West coastal path (literally on our doorstep), and our own beach.

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