Roger Carswell with Tim Cross
Major-General (Retired) Tim Cross CBE was the most senior UK officer involved in post-war planning in Iraq, which involved briefing both Donald Rumsfeld and Tony Blair. He commanded at every level of the British Army, during which he received a CBE for his work leading the NATO response to the Humanitarian crisis in Kosovo. Having spent 7 years as an Army Adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee, he is now is Visiting Professor at three Universities, an advisor to a number of UK/International Companies and a Trustee of a number of Charities. He will share his story of life and faith as a Christian soldier of the highest level.
Is Christianity a belief system that exists simply to exercise power over people? Why does God seem to care so much about what I think, do and say? Doesn’t being a Christian lead to losing my identity, freedom and even my humanity?
Roger Carswell with David Wilkinson
Professor David Wilkinson has two PhDs, one in theoretical astrophysics, where he worked on star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions, and one in systematic theology exploring the future of the physical universe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, an ordained Methodist minister, and a regular contributor to the media on issues of science and religion – including BBC Radio Four’s ‘Thought for the Day’. He’ll share his story of life and faith in the world of science.
Every day we are confronted with the reality of suffering in the world, and all of us either have or will feel the personal pain of hardship. In those moments, where is God, if He exists? Surely such things show that He is not real, or that He is not good? And how can Christians maintain that He is not only good but trustworthy in the face of such evils?
From the medieval Crusaders to Daesh in the present day, it is easy to see the damage caused by those who hold to exclusive notions of truth, particularly in religion. Can we ever say that something is truly true? Are all such claims inherently dangerous? Or is there such a thing as a truth that is beautiful and good?