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Event FULL but 20 seats are available to HKU Students ONLY, for Prof Alister McGrath's 3 November LECTURE (seat allocation first-come-first-served, including overflow room). 


God, Science and the Meaning of Life: C.S. Lewis and Richard Dawkins
Prof Alister McGrath

3 Nov 2017 7pm  Moot Court, HKU

C. S. Lewis is one of the best-known Christian apologists in the world. Richard Dawkins is one of the best-known atheist apologists in the world. Alister McGrath (Oxford University) has written best-selling studies of each of these fascinating authors. So what do they have to say on the meaning of life? How do they understand the role of the natural sciences in helping us work out the meaning of life? In this lecture, Professor McGrath will engage in dialogue with these writers in exploring some of the biggest questions of life.

The event is full.  Last 20 seats in the main hall are made available to HKU students on a first-come-first-served basis (please email

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Science and Religion at Oxford University
Prof Alister McGrath

3 Nov 2017 10am  Library Extension 9, HKU

This lecture will look at the long history of engagement between science and religion at Oxford University, which goes back to the 13th century and continues to this day. The lecture will include the foundation of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion in 1986, and the establishment of the Andreas Idreos Chair of Science and Religion in 1998. We will also consider the development of teaching and research in the field of science and religion at Oxford, including the establishment of a dedicated taught master s course (the Master of Studies in Science and Religion) and the development of research programmes, including a major new research project in natural theology.

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Where are you going? How will you get there?
Prof Alister McGrath

4 Nov 2017 12:30pm  LT-10, Yeung Kin Man Acad. Bld. (AC1), CityU, Kowloon Tong

This talk explores the question of how we work out what we are meant to be doing in life, focussing on the idea of vocation . How can we decide what we are meant to do? How do we go about achieving this? Who can help us? In a changing labour market, many people now see themselves as likely to have several careers. How does this affect our understanding of vocation? Professor McGrath will explore these questions, and talk about his own career. Prof McGrath originally intended to be a scientist, yet ended up as a Christian theologian with a specialist interest in science. So how did that happen? And how might it help others think about their own future career?

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Science and Religion: conflicting or enriching?
Prof Alister McGrath

2 June 2017  7pm  Library Extension 1, HKU

This lecture looks at the relation of two of the most important elements of today s culture – science and religion. Professor McGrath, one of the world s leading authorities in the field, will speak of his own changing attitude towards science and religious faith, as he moved from atheism to Christianity. The lecture will focus on two main ways of understanding the relation of science and religious faith. The first is the conflict or warfare model, adopted by Richard Dawkins; the second is an enrichment model, adopted by Professor McGrath himself. McGrath will argue that, when seen in the right way, the natural sciences and religious faith can complement each other, and lead to a richer and deeper vision of life.

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