Hat tip Halden.
Lecture 1: Yearning to make sense of thingsÂ -Â 2009 Gifford Lecture 1.pdf
Lecture 2: Why we still need natural theology – 2009 Gifford Lecture 2.pdf
Lecture 3: The mystery of the constants of nature – 2009 Gifford Lecture 3.pdf
Lecture 4: The enigmas of evolutionary biology – 2009 Gifford Lecture 4.pdf
Lecture 5: Natural theology and the quest for meaning – 2009 Gifford Lecture 5.pdf
Lecture 6: Conclusion: clues to the meaning of the universe? – 2009 Gifford Lecture 6.pdf
Also in book form: A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology
In a 2007 debate with John Lennox (viewable here), Richard Dawkins vocalises his frustration that religion (in his view) ‘stuntifies’ true scientific understanding:
“The scientific enterprise is an active, seeking… an active seeking out of gaps in our knowledge… [a] seeking out of ignorance, so that we can work to plug that ignorance.Â But religion teaches us to be satisfied with not really understanding.Â Every time one of these difficult questions comes up, science says, â€˜Right, letâ€™s roll up our sleeves and work on it.â€™Â Religion says, â€˜Oh, god did it.â€™Â â€˜We donâ€™t need to work on it, god did it. Itâ€™s as simple of that.â€™ â€¦Religion stuntifies the impulse to understand, because religion gives a facile, easy, apparent explanationâ€¦ and it prevents the further work on the problem.
For your enjoyment:
“Earth, sweet Earth, sweet landscape, with leaves throng
And louched low grass, heaven that dost appeal
To, with no tongue to plead, no heart to feel;
Many books are on my desk at the moment.Â Books for my theological study, and books for my personal interest.Â I have too many books on my desk.Â I cannot read them all…
Yet this did not prevent me from picking up 7 more books on our recent trip to the states…