click here for our faith pages click here for our science pages click here to contact us
click here for our ethics pages click here for our history pages click here to find out about what we do

Posted: 20 February 2015, 12:23

Christian philosopher and author Peter S Williams was at Sheffield University in January giving a lecture on ‘Science, Scientism and the Knowledge of God’. A video of the lecture, given to the university’s Christians in Science group, is now online, complete with the Q&A session at the end.

Says Peter: ‘After illustrating the recent growth in the idea that science is the only way to know anything about anything – an idea promoted by the likes of Stephen Hawking and the new atheists – I show why this idea is wrong.’

The lecture explores questions such as ‘What is science?’ and looks at the relationship between science, philosophy and arguments for God. The practice of science relies on philosophical disciplines (such as logic, ethics and the philosophy of science), while scientific observations and theories inevitably raises meta-physical (i.e. beyond-physics) questions that have philosophical answers.

‘I defend two philosophical arguments for God,’ says Peter. ‘They have premises which are supported by contemporary scientific discoveries: a causal argument from the finite past and a version of the fine tuning design argument.’

The Q&A at the end of the lecture takes in questions such as ‘Who created God?’, ‘If scientism is so obviously self-refuting, why do new atheists still hold it?’ and ‘Isn’t theism just a way of coping with uncertainty?’

Peter S Williams is the author of several books, including:

A Faithful Guide to Philosophy

C.S. Lewis vs the New Atheists

Understanding Jesus

A Sceptic’s Guide to Atheism

Christian Evidence Society 2014
A Registered Charity No. 244232
  We are constantly adding to and updating our resources. We produce written and audio materials which we hope will help answer some of the questions you might have about the Christian faith. This site also has resources which offer a Christian perspective on many of today's most challenging issues. Photos above by Taro Taylor and Jon Sullivan  
  Christian Evidence blog  
  February 2015
January 2015
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
October 2013