Keynote 2

All Creation Praises God! – Science and worship in action

Dr Ruth Bancewicz, Church Engagement Director, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge

Ruth is a former geneticist who will explore how our knowledge of the diversity and complexity of life might affect the way we express our prayers of adoration. She’s edited one book, Test of Faith, Spiritual Journeys with Scientists, written another, God in the Lab: How Science Enhances Faith and has another waiting to be published next year, Wonders of the Living World – Curiosity, awe, and the meaning of life.

You can read more about Ruth’s work on the staff pages of the Faraday institute and her weekly blog is called Science and Belief.


Every scientist feels a sense of awe and wonder from time to time in their work, and different people react to those experiences in very different ways. For Christians, these mountain-top moments are not proof of his existence, but what they see in the world resonates with their beliefs, turns their attention to the character of God, and reminds them that the world has been made for a purpose.

This talk will draw on the work of successful scientists who are also people of faith. Ruth will focus on celebrating recent discoveries in biology, appreciating the intricacy, diversity and fruitfulness of the living world. She will share how these discoveries can feed into the life and worship of the church – especially our prayers of praise and adoration.