My role as a bishop in the Church of England requires me to teach the Christian faith and to seek to make it intelligible and accessible to the contemporary world. My first degree, in Physics and Philosophy, gave me an abiding interest in the relationship between science and religion, and in 2012 I spent my 3-month sabbatical looking at ways to bridge the gaps between the truth claims which are emerging from theological and scientific research and the wider world.
My particular interests at present lie in –
- the Church’s response to environmental issues, and particularly the need for it to respond robustly to the from the catastrophic threats posed by climate change.
- a three-year project, “Equipping Christian leadership in an age of science“, which I am co-leading with Revd Professor David Wilkinson, Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University and Professor Tom McLeish from Durham University’s Physics Department.
Other articles and talks on science and religion:
Whatever happened to Truth? Bishop Richard’s Inaugural Professorial Lecture for the University of Roehampton, November 2015
Lies, damned lies, science and theology: why everyone needs to learn the truth about science and religion
Article for “Update”, the Newsletter of the British Regional Committee of St George’s College, Jerusalem, November 2013
Why science matters to faith and where to start
Article by Bishop Richard published in the Church Times, 24 May 2013
Truth claims in science and religion: why engaging in the conversation between Theology and Science is vital for every church leader.
Talks by Bishop Richard and Professor Richard Thompson at a symposium for clergy in the Kingston Episcopal Area, 5 February 2013