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Lecture - St Edmund's College - University of Cambridge

Lecture - St Edmund's College - University of Cambridge

Lecture - St Edmund's College - University of

Science and the Bible: are they incompatible? The creation story as a test case Ernest Lucas Lecture Contents God and the World ................................................................................... 2 Science and the Bible ............................................................................. 5 The Use of Extra-Biblical Knowledge ................................................... 8 What kind of Language? ........................................................................ 9 What kind of Literature? ........................................................................ 12 What is its Purpose? .............................................................................. 14 Conclusion .............................................................................................. 17 Discussion This lecture by the Revd Dr Ernest Lucas was delivered on 13th May 2004 in the Winstanley Lecture Theatre in Trinity College, Cambridge. The lecture was followed by questions from the audience and later a dinner/discussion at St Edmunds College. A transcript of this discussion can be found at the CiS- St Edmunds website (along with an archive of other lectures in the series): Brief Biography http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/cis Ernest Lucas has an MA in Chemistry from Oxford University and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Kent. He did post-doctoral research in biochemistry in the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Oxford University before studying Theology at Oxford. After being ordained as a Baptist Minister he was minister of Baptist Churches in Durham City and Liverpool. He obtained a PhD in Oriental Studies from Liverpool University. He was Associate Director of the Institute for Contemporary Christianity in London before moving to Bristol Baptist College (and affi liated college of Bristol University) where he is Vice-Principal and Tutor in Biblical Studies. The course he teaches on Science and Christianity has received a Templeton Award as has a paper he has published on ‘Science, Wisdom, Eschatology and the Cosmic Christ’. Among his recent books is Can we believe Genesis today? (IVP, 2001). He is married to Hazel, a physics teacher, and they have two sons. Copyright 2004 Ernest Lucas and the University of Cambridge.

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