A Theory of Everything (That Matters)
14th October 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
St. Peter’s, Vere Street, London W1G 0DQGet directions
On 29 May 1919, British astronomers tested Einstein’s theory of relativity by measuring the path of the stars travelling near the sun during an eclipse. On 7 November 1919, the results of that experiment were announced in London, proving Einstein’s theory of relativity.
With the confirmation of Einstein’s theories at the beginning of the twentieth century, our understanding of the universe became much more complex. What does this mean for religious belief, and specifically Christianity? Does it mean, as so many people assume, the death of God? To celebrate the launch of his new book – A Theory of Everything (That Matters) – Alister McGrath (Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University) will explore these questions and reflect on Einstein’s nuanced thinking on the difference between the scientific enterprise and beliefs outside its realm.
This event is for anyone intrigued by Einstein as one of the twentieth century’s most iconic figures, who wants to know what his theories mean for religion, and who is interested in the conversation between science and religion more broadly.
Alister McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, and Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford. After initial academic work in the natural sciences, Alister turned to the study of theology and intellectual history, while occasionally becoming engaged in broader cultural debates about the rationality and relevance of the Christian faith. He is the author of many academic and theological works, as well as the bestselling The Dawkins Delusion and, most recently, his acclaimed C S Lewis – A Life.