Following on from his install as Honorary Canon Scientist in November 2021, we are delighted to welcome Professor Tom McLeish to St Albans Cathedral to deliver his inaugural lecture.

Join us on Wednesday 9 March, 7.30-9pm, for this fascinating talk exploring the highly complex and much-debated relationship between science and religion. Professor Tom McLeish will consider how science is a deeply human, social and ancient activity, embedded in some of the oldest stories told about the human desire to understand the natural world. The talk will largely be based off a scientist's reading of the ancient Book of Job whilst also drawing upon medieval, patristic, classical and Biblical sources. 

Tom will seek to examine the natural separation that exists between science and the humanities and will question how we can start to approach science from a theological and cultural basis. In doing this, he will argue that the way we engage with science will be transformed and, rather than attempting the impossible task of reconciling science and theology, we will be able to develop a theology of science. This will in turn establish a mutually beneficial programme through which science will no longer be seen as a threat to the Christian faith, but rather as a gift from God that opens up new avenues of discipleship. 

This talk is being held both in the Alban Room at St Albans Cathedral and online via Zoom. If you’d like to attend the event but are not free to join us live, please do buy a ticket and you’ll receive a link to the recording on the day of the event. 

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About Prof. Tom McLeish, FRS:

Tom McCleish is a Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics, the Centre for Medieval Studies, and the Humanities Research Centre at the University of York, UK. He was elected to the Royal Society in 2011, and currently sits on its Council. He has won awards in the UK, USA and EU for his interdisciplinary research in ‘soft matter and biological physics,’ and also works across science and humanities on medieval science, theology, sociology, and philosophy of science. As well as over 200 specialist articles, he is also the author of Faith and Wisdom in Science (OUP 2014), The Poetry and Music of Science (OUP 2019) and Soft Matter – A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2020). He regularly appears on BBC radio, including Thought for the Day.

Clergy and Reader Training Grants:

Starting in January 2022, we are very pleased to be able to offer clergy and Readers in the diocese of St Albans complimentary access to our Adult Learning courses, talks, study days, and reading groups.

To sign up for this event, please email [email protected] with your name and role and we will confirm your place.