Festival of Science, Wisdom & Faith, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh, 22-24 October 2021

There are those who say that science supersedes religion, rendering faith redundant. But reverence for the natural world, finding the answers to help humanity flourish and sustain the earth community, in all its diversity, are spiritual pursuits too and many scientists attest urgent questions cannot be answered by science alone.

As we look forward to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow this November, join Greyfriars Kirk, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and other guests, for a weekend of events that celebrate what happens when experts and those interested in a variety of fields seek knowledge and truth together.

Time Travel with Greyfriars Kirk and the Royal Society of Edinburgh  – Fri 22 Oct, 7-9:30pm

Three short sessions explore some of the people and events over the last 400 years that helped change humanity’s understanding of the world, and continue to have impact today:

Witches of Scotland: “17thC Scotland: What it was like to be of that time, that place”

Stuart Monro, FRSE: “James Hutton: Enlightenment thinker with a legacy for the present day”

Rebekah Widdowfield: “RSE Futures Commission: Debate and dialogue, academia and all of us”


A Sustainable World: Great Questions Lead to Great Works  – Sat 23 Oct, 4-6:30pm

Do scientific knowledge or faith make us wiser? How do we determine what questions to ask and explore?

Three talks explore how we can anticipate challenge and seek a sustainable world for all:

Prof. Wilson Poon, FRSE: “Educating 21stC Scientific Citizens in Wisdom”

Prof. Liz Grant, FRSE: “Fundamental to Flourishment: The Science & Practice of Compassion”

Alastair McIntosh: “Climate Science & Healing of the Nations”


Special Worship Service, “We cannot do anything against the truth”, 2 Cor. 13:8 – Sun 24 Oct, 11am


Find out more and book your space here: greyfriarskirk.com/festival-of-science-wisdom-and-faith

With thanks to partners: The Church of Scotland Society, Religion & Technology; Augustine United Church; St Columba’s by the Castle.

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