The study of scripture is central to our identity as Methodist Christians. We regularly hold Bible study series, especially during Lent, and study scripture together in worship and small groups. In recent years, we have studied the gospel of Mark, the Old Testament books of Jonah and Isaiah, and the New Testament letter to the Colossians.
Test of Faith: Science and Religion
Our next series of studies will focus on the fascinating subject of the relationship between science and religion. We shall be using the 'Test of Faith' material from The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, based at Cambridge University.
Using modern material, including in-depth interviews with scientists and theologians, the course aims to help even those of with very little scientific knowledge tackle some of the most fundamental questions we all face as humans. This will be a safe space where we can share in honest discussion and questioning together.
The series will run at Barnes Methodist Church on:
- Friday, 4 October (10:30 am - 12 noon)
- Friday, 11 October (10:30 am - 12 noon)
- Friday, 18 October (10:30 am - 12 noon)
- Friday, 1 November (10:30 am - 12 noon)
The creators of the series write:
'The aim of the Test of Faith materials is to help meet the enormous need in churches and church groups for accessible materials on science and Christianity. The issues this course addresses have an impact on our faith and are relevant to life in the world today.
Why ‘Test of Faith’? The challenge that has been put forward so many times recently is that God is a delusion and science has removed the need for faith in anything. How do believing scientists respond to this? They have all been trained to think and test ideas to the limit. If their faith and their science are both genuine searches for truth, we need to hear from them.
The main message that you should take away from the Test of Faith documentary is that there are many practising scientists who have a sincere Christian faith, even at the highest levels of academia. All of us can share their experience of awe when they find out more about God’s creation through science. These scientists also help us to explore a number of issues that affect our own lives.'