The essence of keeping faith with science

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Welcome to NZCIS

We are scientists of faith who want to integrate Christian faith into our understanding of the world.
We are theologians and church leaders wanting to integrate science into our papers and sermons.
We are students of all types, people in churches and the public who find these integrating dialogues meaningful and life-giving.

At NZCIS we integrate the two great articulate systems of our time, science and religion, those based on empirical research and those founded in Scripture, and these discussions have an impact on our understanding of climate change, AI, evolution, the status of human beings, the nature of the cosmos and so on. We have broad multi-disciplinary lectures and more focused seminars.

We welcome all who want to be inspired by the most interesting topics in the world today.

Integration

The world needs exploration across disciplines and world views. The Sciences and theology are the two great articulate systems of human thought. They need to be brought into dialogue with each other, and both must be brought into dialogue with Mātauranga Māori.

Faith Needs Science

Sciences shows us the depth and wonder of what is there. Science is helping us solve the deepest quandaries of our times, including climate change, and AI.

Science Needs Faith

Faith helps us to see the larger context, it provides meaning and motivation for life, and faith reflects deeply on the moral conundrums science delivers. Science with faith gives us awe. Science without faith can lead to nihilism.

Upcoming Events

Uncharted Waters: Christian Ethics in a Rapidly Changing World

Uncharted Waters: Christian Ethics in a Rapidly Changing World

Come and be a part of our weekly online discussions as we examine some of the most challenging ethical issues of our time.

Leading Scientists and Theologians

Evolution may simply be a fact…yet it is in need of continuous interpretation. …In my opinion the sure sign of the right road is a limitless prospect of deeper knowledge: what was once baffling is now clear, what seemed absurdly important is now simply childish, yet still the journey is unfinished

Simon Conway Morris, Life's Solution, Cambridge, 2003

I am one of a handful of ecotheologians who believe that in order to do ecotheology in a responsible way, we are beholden to try and take at least some account of what is the most common consensus in the scientific community on relevant topics, even if that is going to change over time.

Celia Deane-Drummond, A Primer in Ecotheology

A mature faith is willing to make adjustments, and theology must change and grow as new discoveries reshape our understanding of nature. History shows that theologies have often, if not always, undergone wholesome transformation in the wake of new scientific understanding.

John Haught, Science and Faith: A New Introduction
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Living in the ‘Good’ World of Inherent Pain and Suffering

Living in the ‘Good’ World of Inherent Pain and Suffering

Emma Belcher examines half of life time of pain and her own journey in understanding it in light of a good God.
Advent reflections

Advent reflections

Advent, in the Church's tradition, marks a period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It's a time to reflect on hope, peace, joy, and love, as the faithful anticipate the coming of Christ both in the historical event of his birth and in the anticipation of His return.
Prioritising Listening

Prioritising Listening

Sue Genner (Tauranga priest and GP) reviews a book by Karen Bakker on how technologies are helping people to hear non-human sounds and how this opens us up to the voice of nature.

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