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ABOUT THIS EVENT
Gresham College have an ongoing programme of free lectures about all manner of subjects. The speakers are usually eminent professors in the subject concerned. This series is called
He's the Gresham Professor of Divinity. So basically no different than a Professor of Magic Wands or Professor of Made Up Stuff. The lectures last about an hour and there is no advanced booking - just turn up (it's first come first served).
This looks like an interesting subject series for LAAGers. Not the sort of thing I'd go to myself. I can't stand the tedium of discussing the scientifically invalid, but if you want to either troll the series, of that sort of thing does interest you, then by all means. After all who am I to encourage you to do something actually constructive with your time? If you can't make the time or date they normally post a video of their lectures a short while after (although they don't include the few audience questions after the talk probably for legal reasons - i.e. no releases).
This lecture talks about respecting nature which Abrahamic religion doesn't do. Providence alone is responsible for environmental destruction and hunting to extinction. Bet he doesn't' mention that.
Here's the description of the series on their website, where, as you can see, someone has been keen to get out for a fag break rather than think of anything to say about the series. On the other hand what can you say? A discussion of invalid themes by a Professor of Pretend Stuff:
In his second year as Professor of Divinity, Alister McGrath will take as his theme Religion, Science and Culture: Six Big Questions.
Here's the description of this lecture on their website:
One of the most distinctive characteristics of human beings is their capacity to alter their environments through technology. This raises important ethical and religious questions concerning the human engagement with nature, such as whether there are limits to what we can do with science (as in the genetic modification of crops). Yet there are deeper questions, about the way in which science can be used for destructive purposes.
The writing of J.R.R. Tolkien [masked]) show how his experience of the technology of warfare in the First World War had a lasting impact, causing him to reflect on how science could be used to destroy humanity, as much as to improve conditions. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings contrasts the purity and simplicity of those living close to nature with those who try to alter nature for their own ends. Reflections on scientific and religious frameworks enable us to respect nature on the one hand, while transcending its limits on the other.
Alister McGrath is the Gresham Professor of Divinity, the Andreos Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and one of the world’s most respected theologians.
Born in Belfast, Professor McGrath began his university studies in the field of science, achieving a First Class Honours in Chemistry (specialising in Quantum Theory), followed by a doctorate in molecular biophysics, both at the University of Oxford. He then altered focus and achieved a First Class Honours in Theology, a DD from the Faculty of Theology for his work on historical and systematic theology, and a DLitt from the Division of Humanities for his work in science and religion.
Before becoming Andreos Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford in April 2014, Professor McGrath was Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education at King’s College London [masked]), and Professor of Historical Theology at the University of Oxford [masked]).
He has published 24 books, the most recent of which include: Emil Brunner: A Reappriasal (2014), C. S. Lewis – A Life (2013), Darwinianism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology (2011) and A Fine-Tuned Universe? The Quest for God in Science and Theology (2009). Other books include: Dawkins’ God: Genes, Memes and the Meaning of Life (2004), A Brief History of Heaven (2002) and The Future of Christianity (2000). His books have been translated into 27 languages including Chinese, Arabic, Farsi and Vietnamese.
In line with his unique academic background, Professor McGrath’s main area of interest is in the interaction of theology and the sciences. He is actively engaged in the development and defence of natural theology, and in showing that the dialogue between science and religion can be theologically productive and engaging. As a former atheist, Professor McGrath’s work has established him as one of the world’s leading Christian apologists. He regularly engages in debate and dialogue with some of the most prominent atheists, including through his public debates with the likes of Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens and Susan Blackmore.
Professor McGrath is a highly sought-after public speaker and has delivered lectures around the world, from Beijing to Massachusetts and from Bermuda to Westminster Abbey. Appointed Gresham Professor of Divinity in 2015, he looks forward to delivering a series of lectures which will offer “a coherent exploration of how Christian Theology can engage with concerns and debates within modern culture, focussing on one of its leading elements – the natural sciences.”