It was John Stott, the outstanding Christian leader, teacher and author, who coined the term ‘double listening‘. It’s the practice of listening on the one hand to the modern world in order to understand the questions, challenges and issues that it raises as well, and on the other hand to the teachings and narrative of the historic Christian faith, in order to develop a relevant, engaged and authentic perspective on the issues of our day.
I have spent much of my life trying to build a bridge between the worlds of modern cutting-edge science, technology and healthcare and the world of the historic Christian faith. It’s a task which is complex, challenging and ever-changing. But I am convinced it’s an essential activity if Christian believers are to be informed and engaged in the rapidly changing worlds of science and technology
In addition to my medical activities I am a senior researcher at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, in Cambridge, focussing particularly on ethical, social and theological issues raised by advances in AI and robotics.
Along with my son, the journalist Tim Wyatt, I also run a podcast called Matters of Life and Death, which seeks to help Christians navigate and respond to issues in healthcare, ethics, science, technology and more. Find out more and listen to the latest episodes here.
You can find documents, talks and videos on a variety of topics concerning science and the Christian faith which I have uploaded below:
Are we going about making humans better, or making better humans?
My hospital unit’s success in treating very ill premature babies and their brain injuries threw up difficult challenges about defining personhood
Untangling personhood, from Genesis to popular culture
Patients are increasingly being given God-like information on their lives – but have we developed God-like responsibility for this?
Dismantling one of the ‘great lies of our time’
‘Delay means death’, media apathy, Extinction Rebellion, and fatalism among the young
Listening to the Global South, alienation from creation, throwing pebbles into God’s river, and rediscovering lament
The James Webb telescope, extra-terrestrial life, hobbits of the universe and the doctrine of creation
Calico, the dragon tyrant, transhumanism, and monkeys playing Pong
Techno-optimism returns, the yuck factor, cultivating our bodies, and the divinisation of humanity
Are humans the culmination of the universe and will we determine the fate of our planet this century?
My book Matters of Life and Death also frequently touched upon my reflections on life as a doctor and medical researcher who is also a Christian.
I’m a regular speaker at churches and Christian conferences on this important topic – click here to contact me if you would like to book me to speak at your event.