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Biblical Study Break: Creation, Christian Faith and a Precious World
- Course Dates: Mon 5 February 2018, 1:00 pm to Thu 8 February 2018, 2:00 pm
This study break offers a unique opportunity to explore what the Bible and Christian theology has to say about God’s creation and discuss how this relates to today’s scientific understanding.
How did the world get to be the way that it is? Why is the earth habitable and what is our place within it? Does the Bible contradict scientific accounts of beginnings? In what ways have we damaged the planet? What do we need to do?
The sessions will focus on key passages from the Old and New Testaments to address these and other important questions. We will explore creation and our place within it from biblical, theological and scientific perspectives, tackle some of the challenges to faith posed by science and consider our responsibility for God’s world and what it means to live sustainably.
- Session 1 – The Big Picture: Creation and the Cosmos
- Session 2 – The Web of Life: Biology, Ecology and the Bible
- Session 3 – Science and Faith: What Kind of Conversation?
- Session 4 – Christ in Creation: Brokenness and Restoration
- Session 5 – Transformation and Hope: Earth’s Future in our Hands?
- Session 6 – Treading Lightly: Practising Sustainable Living
Biblical scholar Dr Hilary Marlow is passionate about environmental issues and how Christian faith can motivate us to care for God’s world. She works as a senior researcher at The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion with a focus on creation texts and teaches Old Testament and biblical Hebrew at the University of Cambridge. Hilary’s research examines the interaction between people and the natural world in the Old Testament, including the study of creation texts and their interpretation in later Jewish and Christian traditions, and work on ecological hermeneutics and the use of the Bible in environmental ethics.
For many years Hilary has been actively involved in the Christian conservation charity A Rocha and is currently a Trustee of A Rocha UK. She is also a Director of the John Ray Initiative. She regularly speaks on her research to lay and specialist audiences. She relaxes by tending a small field just outside Cambridge with her husband Ian, where they grow fruit and vegetables and have just created a wildlife pond.