Let there be a Big Bang

15 October, 2012

Reverend Canon Dr Gary Wilton, The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Representative to the EU;  Canon of the Pro-Cathedral of Holy Trinity, and Visiting Programme Director at Wilton Park writes:

The opening verse of the Hebrew scriptures reads ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, darkness over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters’.

And then God said ‘Let there be a Big Bang’. Or did he?

Today is the first day of the Wilton Park CERN conference. Fifty of us are gathering in Nyon Switzerland – Agnostics, Atheists, Believers, Philosophers, Scientists and Theologians. Inspired by the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle we are coming together to explore whether we can create a common language with which to discuss the genesis of the world.

The title of the conference is ‘The Big Bang and the interfaces of knowledge: towards a common language? The next few days promise to be very exciting and highly stimulating. With 21 full professors among the participants this conference will not end in a whimper. We will be exploring particle physics, cosmology, philosophy and theology. And we will be asking does the Higgs Boson discovery raise new questions about the relationship between science and religion.

This is a conference right at the cutting edge of contemporary knowledge. If you like, ‘we will be hovering over the deep’. It promises to be a revelation.

Further information

BBC article on ‘Big Bang and religion mixed in Cern debate

 

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