Two different schools of thought discuss light

An event which examines the relationship between science and religion and their alternative views on the subject of light will take place on Wednesday 18 November at The Gatehouse Chaplaincy Centre, University Rd from 5.30pm – 8.00pm.

Throughout history, religion, science and philosophy had been intertwined until a new period of Enlightenment in the 18th century challenged the way mankind thought about the Universe and everything in it. Since then interpretations of God and creation have taken different paths, by those who look to religion and those who look to science.

However, a talk at the University is aiming to show that there is space for both camps and will invite scientists and religious leaders to talk about their understanding of light – whether it be grounded in physics or theology.

Dr Butcher, a practising Christian and physicist, and organiser of the event, said: “Light was the first topic I studied in physics and which I immediately loved. As a Christian I have been interested in the way the concept of light is used throughout the Bible and in rites and festivals, which I realised was not just confined to Christianity but more widely amongst other religions."

Faith leaders due to talk at the event include George Ballentyne (Baha’i), Jim Strupish (Buddhist), Ramesh Majithia, (Hindu), Daljit Makan (Sikh) and Jane Micklethwaite (Christian).

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