God & the Big Bang 2018

Date of past event:

20th February 2018

Report:

God and the Big Bang wants to encourage everyone to get excited about tackling the all-important questions about life, the universe and everything, so they seek to equip people with the resources and experiences they need in order to get thinking!

This event was open to Sixth Form students at all SSLP schools (Gifted & Talented Year 11s at schools without a sixth form). It was of particular interest to those studying religion, philosophy and science subjects.

The number of students who found their thinking changed during the day was 73%. The change in answers regarding the statement ‘I think science and religion fit together’: moved from 30% to 71% in ‘agree/strongly agree’ responses. We saw a significant increase in the number of students agreeing that ‘the theory of evolution and the Genesis creation story are compatible’: 27% to 54%. This demonstrates that they were able to grasp the idea of different genres answering the same question in different but not mutually exclusive ways.

These are some of the questions asked by students at the end of the day:

  1. Can evolution be considered a science since you cannot observe it?
  2. Why do you have to believe in both God and science?
  3. Would a world without God look any different to the one we are living in now?
  4. Do you think religion is a social construct?
  5. What would be worse – an atheist who does not believe in Christianity or a conservative Christian rejecting science?
  6. Will spirituality/Christianity die out because of AI?
  7. What made you decide to switch to Christianity after being an atheist?
  8. Are you guilty of God of the gaps thinking?
  9. What made you choose Christianity rather than another religion?
  10. Do you agree with the idea that God may have created the Big Bang?
  11. Why do we anthropomorphise God when God is higher than us?
  12. Everyone is different; how can we be sure we are worshipping the same God?
  13. If science and faith fit together then is the Genesis story false?