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Dark Matter to Bright Faith

This is a course which all who are interested in science and how it links in with faith will enjoy. Spread over two days, three speakers will expore how a scientific world view leads to an understanding of God's place in the world. God is creating and giving life to the cosmos, and we are discovering more and more about how it works, and how it has led to the living beings we call human.

As well as the talks, there will be time for questions and discussion.

“To an Unknown God”: How Science Worships what Religion Proclaims

Scientists study everything from subatomic particles to living creatures to galaxies — but how does science really work? How do scientific theories develop? Over the last fifty years, there has been a paradigm shift in our understanding of scientific progress.
At the same time, our ideas about the relationship between science and religion have changed. Should the two always be in conflict — or are there more productive models of engagement? Indeed, could we go even further and say that a theology of science is possible? How would this work?
The course looks at the interplay of science, philosophy and theology.

Kensy Joseph SJ is an assistant chaplain at Manchester University and also studying for an MA in Religions and Theology (specialising in Biblical studies and the theology of science). He holds a BTech in Computer Science and Engineering (Mumbai) and an MA in Philosophy (London).

Dark Matter to Bright Faith

Physics has reached an outstanding quality in describing Nature, but it is still far from providing a complete understanding of everything that exists. Indeed astrophysicists and cosmologists have named the mysterious, yet unknown 95% of the total energy of Cosmos the “dark side”.
In the lecture, we will have a little introduction on the “dark matter”, considering its relevance for our galaxy and our own lives. In particular, we will also focus on the role of science in our journey to find God, and in how science might “allow God to find us”, moving from dark matter to bright faith.

My name is Paolo Beltrame. For the last 15 years I have been investigating the dark matter content of our Universe in various international research centers, including the University of Edinburgh — were I worked as an academic.
Then I realized that God was seeking for me with all means. Now, I entered the Society of Jesus, and I try to cast light in the darkness of our hearts, to find the loving God in all the aspects of His marvelous creation.

Scientists discovering God.

Teilhard de Chardin was a scientist who through his research did much to establish that the theory of evolution can explain the origin and development of life on our planet. But he went on to show that evolution began right at the big bang, and is the way in which God is still creating the universe – and we humans actually help in that. The discoveries of science are revealing God in our universe.

Michael Smith is a physics graduate who has been involved in education for most of his career, and is now involved in adult education. His continuing interest in physics has led to an understanding of how scientific enquiry leads to a revelation of God.

Link to Thinking Faith

Three short papers linked with this course can be seen on Thinking Faith.
Click on this link to find them.


Coming to the course

To enrol, please e-mail It is important to let us know if you are coming, as we have to make sure we have enough food and handouts for everyone.

We ask for an offering of £40 to cover both days, including lunch etc. If this is a problem, don't worry - equally, if you could give a little more it would help to subsidise those who can afford less.

The course is held in The Hurtado Jesuit Centre, 2 Chandler Street, Wapping, London E1W 2QT.
See here for travel directions. See here for map.


 Saturday May 5thSunday May 6th
10.30'To an Unknown God' 1Scientists discovering God 1
11.45'To an Unknown God' 2Scientists discovering God 2
1.30'To an Unknown God' 3Scientists discovering God 3
2.45Dark Matter to Bright FaithPlenary meeting
3.45EndMass for those who wish

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