Author(s): Tom McLeish
What if the Christian faith could actually help us to understand science better?
Throughout history, scientists have made discoveries and tested hypotheses that have revolutionised the way that we see the world. Our industry has been shaped by the discovery of electricity and the invention of machines; our understanding of the world has deepened as we have had gravity and the magnetic forces that govern the earth explained to us.
Authors Tom McLeish and David Hutchings examine the story of science, and look at the part that Christian faith has played in that history. As they tell the stories of discovery after discovery, they reveal a powerful underlying reason for doing science in the first place. They argue that Christianity has been involved with and sometimes directly responsible for some of the biggest leaps forward in scientific history.
Tom McLeish is Professor of Physics at Durham University and also chairs the Royal Society's education committee. He is also an Anglican lay reader and has written and spoken about issues in faith and science since he was a student. He has written Faith and Wisdom in Science (OUP 2014) and is a regular speaker at churches, universities, on media and festivals (Greenbelt 2015). David Hutchings studied Physics with Business Management at the University of York. He is a Physics teacher at Pocklington School, trains teachers with the Institute of Physics, and speaks regularly in local churches and at Christian youth projects. He lives in York with his wife Emma and their two young daughters.