What A Scientist Believes – Some problems and perceptions. — Charles Stirling (Dept. of Chemistry – University of Sheffield)-4th August 2014

Professor Stirling put for­ward the pro­pos­i­tion that sci­ent­ists make decisions based on good evid­ence. This gave him a prob­lem when con­sid­er­ing reli­gion, cre­ation, and all the lit­er­at­ure sur­round­ing it. That was the thrust of todays talk.

Brought up as a Presbyterian in Scotland, but now attend­ing a Church of England Church, Charles pro­fessed to believe in a Christian pat­tern Christianity where there was an engage­ment with social prob­lems and where love was the glue that bound people together.

He dis­cussed Atheism, Humanism, and Agnosticism and the author­ity of the Bible and con­cluded that Faith is Hope not obser­va­tion.

Still doing research, at 71 years of age in col­lab­or­a­tion with the med­ical pro­fes­sion, he is a Fellow of The Royal Society, which was star­ted in 1655 by the Bishop of Chester and given a Royal Charter in 1660 by Charles II. This centre of sci­entific excel­lence coin­cided with the begin­nings of an open ques­tion­ing of reli­gious dogma.

Professor Stirling was well read and had con­sidered Christianity, both from his­tor­ical and con­tem­por­ary writ­ings. He had con­cluded that as the Earth had formed from dust, stars and matter coming together, that the Bible needed upgrad­ing to reflect good evid­ence and con­tem­por­ary think­ing.

Where the matter had come from that coalesced to form the Earth, he deemed it to be irrel­ev­ant.

We wait with bated breath, for the new edi­tion of the Bible by Professor Charles Stirling FRS.