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The Alleged Conflict Between Science and Faith (Video)

Fr. Andrew Pinsent

Physicist and priest Dr. Andrew Pinsent exposes one of the great myths of our time, that science and faith cannot support each other. Father Pinsent is Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University as well as holding a number of theological posts. He has completed research at CERN the world famous research centre in Switzerland and holds doctorates in particle physics and a degree in theology and a doctorate in philososophy.

This presentation took place at a meeting of The Iona Institute on February 18, 2013:


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Fr. Andrew Pinsent is Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University, a Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford. He is also a priest of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton in England. Follow Fr. Andrew at AndrewPinsent.info.

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  • andybbn

    In this talk, Andrew Pinsent demonstrates perfectly what's wrong with the religious mindset. He is supposed to answer the question: are religion and science in conflict? But his answer is superficial and frankly silly: lots of history's great scientists were religious, the houses of parliament looks like church etc. So his answer is an emphatic no.

    At no point does he wonder why these religious scientists never think to apply the tools of scientific discovery to their own religious beliefs. If they did, they might realise that religion poses a huge logical problem. When they do science, they apply logic, observation, reason. When they do religion, they turn to magical thinking. This is a big paradox that is left unanswered.