Last term we had the great privilege of welcoming Professor Matthew Wills, lecturer in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Bath, to address year 9 and 10 students about the topics of Science and the Christian faith. Professor Wills gave a captivating talk spanning many key points within the history and present ideologies of Science and Christianity which served as a perfect way for year 9 students to conclude their 1st unit (Faith and Science) as well as to help year 10 progress through their first GCSE year.
From the artificial selection of Japanese Heiki crabs for their markings resembling the face of a samurai warrior, to the tree of life that connects all biological life forms, Professor Wills gave a whistle-stop tour of Evolution. From ancient Japanese religion to Christianity today, Professor Wills explained how the matrix of faith and that of Darwinian Evolution Via Natural Selection needn’t be in conflict. He succinctly outlined some major attitudes from thinkers, past and present, towards the relationship of Faith and Science, leaving time for questions from students.
Students engaged well and behaved as strong advocates for the school, the RE team is sure that this will prove helpful both in their studies and in their understanding of the importance of the relationship between faith and science. Our thanks to Mr Steeds for organising the event.