The essence of keeping faith with science

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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.


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.

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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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Theology and Science Course

The relationship between Christian theology and science has for the most part been a rich and constructive one, ...
The Convo | The Fall in Science and Theology Podcast

The Convo | The Fall in Science and Theology Podcast

Can we imagine a doctrine of the fall that is true of evolutionary science and leaves room for hope?
Tribute for Rod Oram: A Climate Warrior, a Public Intellectual, a Compassionate Activist 

Tribute for Rod Oram: A Climate Warrior, a Public Intellectual, a Compassionate Activist 

Moe Mai Rā, Rod Oram.

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