On the evening of Saturday, 13 May, approximately 65 people gathered for the first of what is hoped to become an annual event — the Converge International Fellowship Faith & Science Forum.
The event took place in a large conference room of the H+ Hotel in Darmstadt, chosen as a neutral venue more likely to encourage participation from non-churchgoers. In the end, over half of the attendees were not from Converge International Fellowship.
The guest speaker was Professor Barbara Drossel, head of the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Drossel has a wide experience of presenting and writing on the topic of science and faith.
After a short introduction, Drossel spoke in English for an hour on the topic, “Are science and faith incompatible?”. At the conclusion of her talk, there was a question and answer session, and Drossel fielded a wide range of challenging questions from the audience, which included several Muslims. Afterwards, having expressed our thanks to the speaker, everyone gathered in an adjoining room for refreshments and continued some animated discussions.
With Drossel’s permission, the talk was video-recorded and is available on DVD for those who were unable to attend in person.
The event was partially funding through a generous grant from the International Baptist Church Ministries, and we would like to record our grateful thanks for this invaluable support.
It is hoped to hold a second Faith & Science Forum in 2018.