The Sixth Form lecture on 28th February was given by Dr Denis Alexander who is the Emeritus Director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at Cambridge University and a Fellow of St Edmund's College. Central to his talk was his position that Science and Religion need not necessarily be two completely opposing ideas. He argued that this is a myth popularly held by the mainstream media and that in reality they often influence one another. Interestingly, Dr Alexander pointed out that many key founders of ancient and modern day science were Christians and thus the portrayal of Science and Religion as being totally separate areas is actually false.

In his talk, Dr Alexander also discussed and evaluated the four different models which can describe the relationship between Science and Religion. Traditionally, we are taught the Conflict Model, which is the idea that Science and Religion are in fundamental opposition. However, Dr Alexander proposed instead that perhaps the best way to approach this complex topic is the 'Complementarity' Model. This idea maintains that Science and Religion are addressing the same reality from different perspectives. This was a very persuasive idea and is also a much more sophisticated way of dealing with the two different areas. The lecture was very helpful for both Fifth and Sixth Form Science and RS students but in particular for Sixth Form Philosophers.

Dr Alexander was an engaging speaker and his talk was very enlightening. Hopefully it has encouraged everyone to consider the deeper questions surrounding the Ethics of Science and the Science of Religion.

By Rosie, Sixth Form RS Subject Leader