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From Enlightenment to Entanglement - exploring

Faith in Science

The 'From Enlightenment to Entanglement' programme of events has been announced. This project - funded by the Templeton Foundation and collaboratively led by the University of Derby and Derby Cathedral - explores the relationship between faith and science through a series of public lectures given by high-profile scientists and theologians, alongside Sunday Science Evensongs responding to the themes of the previous lecture. Two walking tours will also take place, delving into the scientific heritage of Derby Cathedral.


The programme will launch on April 30th at a special 6pm Sunday Evensong led by the Rt Revd Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston. A physicist and senior Anglican, the subject of Bishop Richard's sermon will be 'Does science need God? Does God need science?', and a drinks reception shall follow the service.


Sunday Science Evensong

Sunday 30th April, 6pm

Rt Revd Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston

'Does science need God? Does God need science?'


Public Lecture

Tuesday May 2nd, 5.45pm @ University of Derby (Kedleston Rd, Atrium, Room OL2)

The Revd Prof David Wilkinson, University of Durham

'God and the Big Bang'

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Sunday Science Evensong

Sunday May 7th, 6pm

Mr David Exham, former Headmaster of Bloxham School

'The Big Bang and Creation: What Are We Doing Here?'


Public Lecture

Wednesday May 10th, 7pm @ Derby Cathedral

The Revd Prof Alister McGrath

'Science, Faith and Post-Truth'


Sunday Science Evensong

Sunday, May 14th, 6pm

The Revd Dr Joanna Collicut, Psychology and Spirituality Lecturer, Ripon College

'Being Human: Does Truth Matter?'



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Cathedral and University partnership to explore the relationship between science and faith

A grant of £9,450 has been awarded by the Templeton Foundation to the University of Derby and Derby Cathedral for an exciting new project exploring the relationship between science and faith. The project, called ‘From Enlightenment to Entanglement’, draws upon the city’s long heritage of science and engineering, and aims to make connections among scientific enquiry, religious faith and working lives to explore the ‘entanglement’ of all three.

Many of the city’s great 18th century scientists and industrialists were members of church congregations, and their advancements are memorialised on the walls of the Cathedral. By exploring the relationship between their faith and the world they lived in, these pioneering Derbeians discovered hydrogen, calculated the weight of the world and built the world’s first factory. ‘From Enlightenment to Entanglement’ will provide a platform for today’s scientists and engineer to experiment and innovate while reflecting on the philosophy of their practice.

Full programme details will be announced in the spring. The project will include a series of public lectures on science and theology, hosted at the University and at Derby Cathedral, alongside smaller discussion groups, tours exploring the history of Enlightenment science in Derby, and ‘Science in the Cathedral’ sessions. Experiments during Sunday services have been promised!

If you’d like to receive up-to-date information on the project, email Dr Alex Rock ( who will add you to the project mailing list.

The Revd Canon Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Derby Cathedral’s Canon Missioner and Project Co-Director:

“This exciting programme draws on the wealth of Derby’s innovations in science and engineering. Derby Cathedral has contributed so much to this in the past, and we cannot wait to provide space for today’s innovators to explore the relationship between science and faith.”

Professor Hugh Rollinson, Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Derby and Project Co-Director:

“The University of Derby consistently scores highly for its science provision, and we are keen to share this wealth of knowledge and experience with as many people as possible. This high-profile project will allow access to all interested to some of this country’s finest scientists, and through exploring their own relationship between their faith and their practice, we hope to inspire future generations of Derby innovation.”

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