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Norfolk Christian group unites science and faith

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A group professional scientists and theologians have formed the Christian group 'Science and Faith in Norfolk' and are looking forward to this year's annual lecture on 17 October by Professor Sir Colin Humphreys on the scientific basis of what happened at Easter.

The group “Science and Faith in Norfolk” was formed three years ago with the encouragement and support of the Bishop of Norwich and has members of various denominations. It was first chaired by the then Bishop of Thetford, the Rt Revd David Atkinson, an ordained scientist. David Andrews, Professor of Chemistry at UEA and twice Chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry Molecular Spectroscopy Group, now Chairs.
Colin HumphreysMembers of the group feature prominently in the 18 April 2011 edition of the New Statesman, looking at reasons for belief. Prof. Derek Burke, former Vice Chancellor of the UEA and previous secretary of the group, is just one of five local scientists whose comments on how they reconcile religious faith and scientific understanding feature alongside contributions from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Cherie Blair and other high profile believers.
On Monday 17 October Colin Humphreys [pictured right] will give a presentation persuasively reconciling apparent inconsistencies in the Gospel accounts of Holy Week and explaining why, contrary to the claims of prominent new atheists, scientists can believe in the Resurrection. Using independent, mutually reinforcing scientific evidence he calculates the exact date of the Last Supper and the first Easter in an enlightening new timeline.

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys CBE FREng FRS is Professor of Materials Science and Director of Research in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge. He is founding director of both the Cambridge Centre for Gallium Nitride and the Cambridge/Rolls-Royce Centre for Aerospace Materials and has given public lectures on scientific issues throughout the world. He frequently appears on TV, radio and in the national and international press. He has received many national and international medals for his research. He has been the President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was knighted in 2010 for services to Science and in 2011 was awarded a prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Society, the world’s oldest continuing scientific academy. He has long been interested in dating and reconstructing ancient historical events, particularly those in the Bible. His latest book is The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
In recent years the Science and Faith in Norfolk group has organised other highly regarded lectures in the cathedral that have attracted hundreds, to hear speakers such as the Rev’d Dr John Polkinghorne KBE FRS and Professor Michael Reiss FRSA. Members have also been delighted to accept invitations to lead RE lessons on science and faith, at the Norwich School, Notre Dame High School and City of Norwich School, among others, providing the perspective of practising Christians with experience of scientific research.
Those interested can contact the Secretary, the Rev'd Dr Patrick Richmond, vicar of Christ Church, Eaton, on (01603)250844

Event details
“Science and Gospel Truth – what happened at Easter?”
Monday 17 October at 7pm
Venue: Norwich Cathedral NR1 4EH
Free of charge (retiring collection)
All welcome

Pictured above: members of the Science and Faith in Norfolk group



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