Ever wondered what some of the greatest world changers of our time thought about God?
Did they think about God at all? Or did they believe the modern-day adage that “religion and science don’t mix”?
On Saturday night, June 15, Associate Professor Frank Stootman will answer some of these questions at an evening hosted by Cross Culture Penrith – an organisation that is open to people of all beliefs, dedicated to exploring how science and faith intersect.
Professor Stootman (pictured) has a PhD in biophysics and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Astronomy, and is the former director of the Australian branch of SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence). He is a Christian and also the leader of the L’Abri Fellowship in Australia, and says that science is a process of “thinking God’s thoughts after Him”.
Professor Stootman’s talk will be titled “Einstein’s Religion: What the Greatest Physicists of the 20th Century Thought About God”. He’ll explore some of the great, influential scientific minds of the last century, such as Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, and Erwin Schrödinger, and how they viewed the big questions of existence, morality and God.
Why a Christian Studies the Cosmos
In a 2017 interview with Vision FM, Professor Stootman explained his passion for science while being a man of faith: “I believe God has created a real world, has created real form, has created laws and principles, has created information, and it’s these things I can un-puzzle,” he said.
He also explained why he worked with SETI, while also being a Christian: “What I was involved with in SETI was more about a survey. The potential of there being life out there in the universe and also intelligent life. Are we alone in the universe? The question for me is the question of truth. It’s answering that particular question that the scientific SETI search has been trying for a long time. So often people think I’m looking for little green men and that’s just not true.”
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Cross Culture’s event “Einstein’s Religion” is on Saturday, June 15 at Penrith Observatory on the campus of Western Sydney University, from 7:30pm. The talk will be an hour long followed by informal discussion and question time. Entry is free and all are welcome.
For details head to the Facebook event page.