New Questions of our Times series

Update (25 October): We’re sorry to announce that the new Questions of our Times webinar series, due to take place in November, has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. We hope to be able to find new dates for the webinars in the spring of 2022, and we’ll post again when we have details to share. Our apologies to all those who have registered.

We’re really pleased to announce a new series of Questions of our Times webinars on Tuesday evenings at 8pm in November. We’ll be exploring some of the big questions of today with experts and leaders in the fields of physics and astrophysics, social robotics, religion and science, and spirituality.

The five evenings will open up the challenges of robots and AI, whether we are here by accident, Covid and human creativity, the search for life in the universe, and whether it’s always right to ‘follow the science’. The booking pages will open in a few days’ time.

This second series follows on from the first series of Questions of our Times – click to see the videos – which aired earlier this year.

In the first of the series, on 2 November, the astrophysicist, author and speaker Dr Jennifer Wiseman will be discussing the question: Are we alone in the universe? Dr Wiseman co-discovered the comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987, and directs the program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The series concludes on 30 November with the Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, Alister McGrath, addressing the question, ‘Should we always follow the science?’

The complete series is below. Follow the links to book for each event.

Jennifer Wiseman

2 Nov: Are we alone in the universe? with Dr Jennifer Wiseman

Barbara Drossel

9 Nov: Are we here by accident? with Professor Barbara Drossel

John Bell

16 Nov: How is Covid affecting creativity? with the Revd John Bell

Mary Ellen Foster

23 Nov: Will a robot steal my job? with Dr Mary Ellen Foster

Alister McGrath

30 Nov: Should we always follow the science? with Revd Professor Alister McGrath

Speakers in the series will do some thinking out loud with the help of series host Major Nigel Bovey, who is the vice-chair of the Christian Evidence Society and former editor of Salvation Army magazine The War Cry. As in our first series, audience members will put their questions to the speaker at the end of each evening.

‘I’m so pleased that the Christian Evidence Society is able to host this new webinar series, with a strong focus on science, technology, and faith,’ says the society’s chair, Revd Canon Edward Carter. ‘My hope is that these conversations with people who live and breathe the issues will help all of us to gain a greater understanding of what is at stake in these Questions of our Times.’

Questions of our Times has been made possible with the support of the Montgomery Trust.

Main photo: Nattu Adnan/Unsplash
Photo of John Bell: Jane Willis