Science and Christianity are often seen to be in opposition to each other, but many scientists believe them to be complementary ways of seeking truth. The Combined Church of Akaroa Banks Peninsula is holding a public forum to discuss these ideas on Sunday 30th January at 5.30pm in Trinity Church Hall, Akaroa.

The main speakers in this discussion will be well-known scientists: Professor Steve Chambers and Emeritus Professor Brian Butterfield.

The forum is open to anyone in the community, and will be preceded by a short worship service in Trinity Church at 5pm. Church members will serve a light meal after the forum concludes (vaccine passes required for service and forum).

Steve Chambers is Professor in the Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science, University of Otago, Christchurch, and an infectious disease physician. He was founder and Clinical Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Christchurch Hospital and has specialised in medical microbiology, treatment of HIV/AIDS, and severe bacterial infections.  

He is the medical director of the Pacific Leprosy Foundation and is deeply involved in leprosy projects in Kiribati and other parts of the Pacific. Stephen is also Parish Steward at St Marks Methodist Church in Somerfield, Christchurch, and attends Combined Church services when on holiday in Akaroa.    

Brian Butterfield is Emeritus Professor of Biological Science and former Head of Plant and Microbial Sciences at the University of Canterbury. Brian has spent almost half of his career lecturing on New Zealand Biodiversity. He is well known internationally for his expertise in electron microscopy and has co-authored five books, one of which has been published in 7 different language editions. Brian currently plays the organ at both All Souls Merivale and St Paul’s Papanui and has played occasionally at St Peter’s Akaroa. He is very interested in the interface between Science and Christianity.

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