There is a default assumption in society – especially in academia and the media – that we have outgrown the need for God. The fact that religious belief is often unquestioningly held by adherents compounds the situation.
There is a compelling need to provide creative and strategic opportunities to think through the case for God and that is the issue Grasping the Nettle is addressing.
Concerned by the need for the church to to be clear in its own thinking on ‘the science/God issue’, as well as the importance of promoting more informed dialogue in society, a number of church leaders from Scotland’s main denominations have formed the Grasping the Nettle movement, aimed at developing a strategy to air this ‘prickly’ subject as widely as possible. With churches and denominations acting together, the overall impact of the initiative can be greater.
An important catalyst in Grasping the Nettle has been the international television and DVD series The God Question: Science, God and the Search for Truth – www.thegodquestion.tv/explore. The series was produced to offer the opportunity to evaluate the case for God, based on balanced and sufficient evidence. Promoting engagement with this series is at the heart of GTN. Click here for further details on The God Question series.
GTN was launched at a dinner event on Thursday 11th June 2015.
GTN will take a variety of forms:
The chair of GTN is the Very Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland 2014/2015. A steering board has been formed, comprising leaders from across Scotland’s major denominations. In addition, there is a Council of Advisors with significant personnel from the worlds of business, the professions, media and academia - including science and theology.
While these groups have a role in advising on strategic direction, spreading information as well as ‘opening doors’, other personnel will be primarily involved in making other forms of contribution, including organising events of various kinds. Click here for a list of Steering Board Members
The intention is to involve a growing number of participants in Grasping the Nettle in a range of ways across the country.
Grasping the Nettle has a clear focus: to seek ways in which the contemporary sciences are complementary with or part of an integrated whole with theism. In pursuit of this goal, Grasping the Nettle is committed to a respectful dialogue with orthodox and contemporary science,believing that:
Grasping the Nettle offers an opportunity to talk both about God who has generously enabled the creation and about science which is opening up our understanding of the atoms, chemical elements, stars, planets, galaxies, and living things on this earth. In Grasping the Nettle we are clear about the complementarity of science and religion and we are concerned about approaches to this important dialogue which set God and science in worlds apart.
In Grasping the Nettle, we want to encourage the widest possible dialogue:
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For more details about The God Question series, please visit www.thegodquestion.tv/explore