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What is the meaning of Truth within an ever-shifting scientific worldview? How can we find meaning in an indifferent universe? Is there something special about being human or are we just a cosmic accident? Can physics understand the origin of the universe?

Where do science and religion meet, if at all? What are the limits of human knowledge? How do we learn to cope with an always limited and sometimes uncertain grasp of our universe? How do these questions relate to the natural sciences and religion? What is the role of “epistemic dependence”, and how does this relate to the field of science and religion?

Marcelo Gleiser and Alister McGrath discussed these big questions at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion (IRC), which conducts research into religious beliefs and theological concepts in relation to the sciences. Gleiser, who also writes for ORBITER’s 13.8 blog, is the Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and is Professor of Divinity at Gresham College. His main research interest at present is the area of thought traditionally known as “natural theology.”

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