Religion and Science: old enemies or new friends?

Conference held Tuesday 12th-Friday 15th July 2005 at High Leigh Conference Centre.
Chair: Rt Revd Richard Harries
Secretary: Revd Nicholas Henderson
Chaplain: Revd Dr Helen Orchard

The 19th Century controversies between religion and science, precipitated by Darwin's theories and other scientific developments, have left a visible scar on the religious world to this day.

The rise of neo biblical fundamentalism in our own time and the sometimes startling developments  in the scientific world associated with a range of disciplines seem to have halted the healing process.

But is this really the case? Theological thinking and Biblical criticism has come a long way  since the time of the Victorians. Surely these old battles are to be consigned to history  and the Church is now liberated to pursue the Gospel hand in hand with every modern tool available?

This conference ranged widely in its investigation into present religious and scientific understandings.  Apart from the speakers there were also workshops on issues of the day.


  • Rt Revd Richard Harries
    Bishop of Oxford.

  • Professor Keith Ward
    Former Regius Professor of Divinity, Oxford.

  • Revd Dr John Polkinhorne
    Author and priest.

  • Dr Fleur Fisher
    Former Chair of the BMA Ethics Committee.

  • Professor Aziz Sheikh
    UMIST, Chair of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB)  Research and Documentation Committee and a medical professor at Edinburgh University.

  • Professor John Brooke
    Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion,  Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

  • Revd Professor Paul Badham
    Studied theology at the Universities of Oxford,  Cambridge and Birmingham. For five years he was a Curate in Birmingham before moving to University of Wales Lampeter in 1973. He was Director of the Alister Hardy Religious Experience Research Centre and a Vice President of the Modern Churchpeople's Union.  He authored the centenary volume The Contemporary Challenge of Modernist Theology (1998).