About the Science and the Theology of Wellbeing course
Christian wellbeing: The science and Theology
The Christian faith promotes wellbeing – theologically we have a holistic view of human existence and spiritually the church is driven by the words of Jesus that he came so that we can have life in all its abundance. In this session we explore the science that is just catching up with what the faith has always known.
The course will include:
– human identity and a holistic theology of humanity;
– what human flourishing means;
– an examination of the science that promotes the position that faith and religion increases wellbeing;
– a look at the healing needs of our communities, and how the church and the communities around the church can augment wellbeing.
About the Tutor
The Revd Dr. Gillian Straine is passionately committed to health, healing and Christian living. She is a cancer survivor, Anglican priest, theologian and scientist with a strong interest in communication and teaching. She has a doctorate in Physics from Imperial College London and an MA in Theology from the University of Oxford. She is particularly keen to bring the study of science into conversations about Christian healing.
Gillian is the author of Introducing Science and Religion: A path through polemic (SPCK, 2014), The Limits of Science? (CSP, 2017) and Cancer: A Pilgrim Companion (SPCK, 2017). She is an invited fellow of the International Society of the Study of Science and Religion, chair of The Science and Religion Forum and Visiting Scholar of Sarum College.
This course is part of the Science for Seminaries programme to enhance teaching on ethics by exploring the interface of science and theology.
The Sarum College Science and Faith Lecture Series is funded by a grant to promote science-engaged theology from the ‘Science for Seminaries’ programme run by Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science (ECLAS).
Future series dates:
Science and the Theology of Evolution
with Bethany Sollereder
Science and the Theology of Dementia
with Joanna Collicutt
Science and the Theology of Wonder
with David Wilkinson