David Wilkinson is Principal of St John’s College and lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion. He holds PhDs in both theoretical astrophysics and systematic theology. Before turning to theology his research was in theoretical astrophysics, where he studied star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions such as the event which wiped out the dinosaurs. Dr. Wilkinson is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and have published a wide range of papers within the discipline. His current work involves the relationship of the Christian faith to contemporary culture, from science to pop culture. He also has current interests in the media, preaching, missiology and Christian communication.

He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day and travels widely to speak and broadcast on the relationship of science and faith. He is in high demand worldwide as a preacher and Bible teacher.

Over the course of our conversation we discuss…

  • the nature of awe
  • the transition from Newton’s clockwork universe [picturable and predictable] to that of the quantum world and special relativity
  • determinism and freedom
  • natural laws, divine action, and miracles
  • the power and nature of prayer
  • why “most Christians today are deists, not theists”
  • the problem of evil
  • Tripp vents about the multiverse and David helps him out
  • Paul Davies’ “Goldilocks enigma” and the fine-tuning problem
  • the search for Extra Terrestrial life
  • Simon Conway Morris and convergence in evolution
  • preference for STAR WARS over Star Trek
  • the probability of intelligent life in our universe
  • the nature of the universality of the Jesus event
  • Sir. John Polkinghorne
  • how practice shapes piety and piety shapes our plausibility
  • why are the laws of physics so beautiful, predictable, and generative?
  • discussing and sharing one’s faith in the context of science, humility, and awe.

Books by Dr. David Wilkinson

3 Books that had an impact on Dr. Wilkinson’s faith