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'Inspiration, Truth and the Search for Understanding'

Wednesday 1st July 2009

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, yesterday hosted a seminar at Lambeth Palace entitled "Inspiration, Truth and the Search for Understanding", with the aim of examining how faith and science can contribute to a richer knowledge and a deeper understanding of the nature of truth. The Seminar was chaired by Madeleine Bunting from the Guardian.

Below are the panelists and the titles of their initial reflections, which provided a starting point to the conversation:

The Rt Hon & Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

  • Kinds of Knowing

Simon Conway-Morris, Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology, University of Cambridge

  • A mutual crisis of confidence? Why science and faith have far more in common than is typically realised and both are now suffering a major failure of nerve

Conor Cunningham, Assistant Director, The Centre of Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham

  • Saving the Natural - Why divorcing nature from religion threatens our ability to understand nature itself

Celia Deane-Drummond, Professor and Director, Centre for Religion and the Biosciences, University of Chester

  • Wonder and Wisdom


After the seminar, several of those who took part were filmed giving their reflections on the seminar, including some students from St Saviour's and St Olave's School, Madeleine Bunting and Simon Conway-Morris, which can be seen here:

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