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Transforming the public understanding
of science and faith

Grasping the Nettle is a movement formed
by church leaders in Scotland to promote dialogue
within the church and society at large about belief
in God, especially in relation to science.

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Science & Faith

Are they necessarily incompatible? The case for
atheism is built on the view that science and God are
alternative explanations, but is that really the whole story?
Are the laws of physics and biology entirely the answers
to the ultimate question of our existence?

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The question of God's existence is a matter of absolute truth: either he exists or he does not. Yet neither is it a matter of absolute proof; we must put our faith in where the balance of evidence points.

If there is no substantial evidence for God's existence, it is the Church that has most reason to panic. But with growing conviction that science provides strong evidence for a creator, church leaders in Scotland are joining together in an unprecedented way to invite the whole nation to take an objective look at the evidence. Increasingly there is a tendency to assume that God and science are in conflict. Aptly described as 'Grasping the Nettle' this movement aims to transform the public understanding of the issues at the heart of the Science/God debate.

Grasping the Nettle: People and Events

Grasping the Nettle (GTN) is People engaged in exploring the evidence for God's existence and Events which facilitate the process. The first GTN event was held on 5th June 2014 when almost 200 guests met over dinner in the Thistle Glasgow Hotel. The most high-profile event was "In Concert with the Cosmos" held on 7th June 2014 when around 2,000 people gathered at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow.

Exploring the God Question

Produced in Scotland for a worldwide audience "Grasping the Nettle" will make signficant use of the TV/DVD series, "Exploring the God Question". Designed to take an objective as approach as possible to Science, God and the Search for Truth, the series brings atheists and theists to the screen to examine where the scientific evidence points in the cosmos, life on earth and human mind and consciousness. The respectful dialogue embodied in the series provides a model for the approach represented by 'Grasping the Nettle'.

Grasping the Nettle: Opinions

Grasping the Nettle welcomes views that will contribute to respectful dialogue on the subject. Visit "Opinions" on our website.