Science, religion and drama: The big questions debated in York

17 May 2017 @ 11.48 am
| Entertainment

Leading scientists are heading to church to debate the relationship between science and faith.

Faith in the Questions

St Michael Le Belfrey Church, High Petergate, York

Thurs June 8th-Sat Jun 10 @ 7.30pm


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Professor Tom McLeish and Professor Stephen Smye, along with other stellar scientists, will be engaging in vigorous discussion at Faith In The Questions as part of the York Festival Of Ideas.

The evening begins with Counting The Clouds, an inventive new one-act play by Nigel Forde.

It will grapple with the scientific and personal challenges which arise from the debate surrounding belief and scientific enquiry. In the Q&A session that follows, audience members will be invited to raise their own questions.

Tom McLeish is Profesbethsor of Physics at Durham University and also chairs the Royal Society’s Education Committee. He has won several awards both in Europe and the US for his work on molecular rheology of polymers.

Professor Stephen Smye is a specialty cluster lead for the NIHR Clinical Research Network based at King’s College London.

Biblical twist

Counting the Clouds has been written for the evening by York poet and playwright Nigel Forde.

The play the biblical figure of Job as a modern day scientist. Job wrestles with the unpredictable structure of the universe, asking if God could possibly be in control?

Or is that even a reasonable question to ask? When Job’s personal world is shaken to the core, how can he reconcile the pieces of the puzzle that emerges?

Nigel Forde worked with both York Theatre Royal and Riding Lights Theatre Company.

He was regularly heard on Radio 4 for ten years as resident poet on and then as the presenter of Bookshelf. He wrote three screenplays for the BBC2 series Testament, one of which won an Emmy.

The evening is supported by Scientists in Congregations.