The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, in partnership with a number of different organisations, has produced materials on science and faith that are relevant and accessible for everyone, using contributions from leadings scientists and theologians.
Further details for this project can be found on the project website, Test of Faith, and the materials can be ordered in Australia through Koorong and Word Bookstore, or directly from the UK via the Authentic Media website.
Test of Faith Resources
The Test of Faith project includes a comprehensive new website, which contains accessible materials on science and Christianity for churches and others who are interested in these issues.
The relationship between science and faith is often represented as a battleground. The claim is that science has pushed God into the margins. But is the truth more complex? Talking to leading scientist-believers, we probe the issues at the heart of this debate. Has science really murdered God? Or is the God question being redefined in new ways by science? Does the possibility of a Creator remain an ineradicable challenge?
The 'Test of Faith' film is a three-part documentary which recently won Silver in the category Best Documentary in the 2009 IVCA (International Visual Communication Association) Awards. The DVD contains extensive bonus features and material on the science / faith interface that is designed to be relevant and accessible for churches, with contributions and extended interviews from leading scientists and theologians.
The 'Test of Faith' short book brings together further stories from several of the scientists featured in the film, sharing more about their lives as researchers at the cutting edge of science. These men and women from all over the world have thought deeply about how their Christian faith affects the way they practise or relate to science. Key issues covered in the book include:
The book includes contributions from Dr Francis Collins, Prof. Alister McGrath, Dr Ard Louis, Dr Jennifer Wiseman, Prof. Bill Newsome, Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, Rev Dr Alisdair Coles, Dr Deborah B. Haarsma, Prof. Rosalind Picard, Prof. John Bryant.
A dedicated Study Guide is available for those who wish to explore the 'Test of Faith' film within a small group setting.
The 'Test of Faith' Leaders' Guide is a comprehensive resource for prospective leaders who wish to run discussion groups that explore the questions raised by the film at a deeper level. The Leaders' Guide contains valuable background information, suggestions for how to run different variations of the course, and many stimulating discussion questions and examples.