Metaphysics: The Missing Partner in the Science and Theology Dialogue
ISCAST–NZCIS Conversations 2021: SERIES 2 (Science and Christianity in Conversation)

Keynote Speaker/s

Prof Neil Ormerod
Executive Officer (Research Analytics)
Sydney College of Divinity

ISCAST and NZ Christians In Science are teaming up for a second series of Conversations this year. There will be 10 weekly online sessions where some of the most relevant and fascinating topics at the intersection of science and Christianity will be explored.

ISCAST is a network of people, from students to distinguished academics, exploring the interface of science, technology, and Christian faith. New Zealand Christians in Science, Te Kāhui Whakapono ki Nga Kaipūtaiao o Te Motu, are a group of scientists in industry and the academy who are Christians.


There will be a total of 10 Conversations on Thursday nights starting on 7 October until 9 December 2021. The talks start at 6.30 pm AEDT or 8.30 pm NZDT. Each presentation will be 30 minutes  with an additional 30+ minutes for discussion and questions. Most of the talks will be pitched to lay audiences, but there may be some that are more academic in nature. For the full program visit  ISCAST


Sydney College of Divinity faculty Prof Neil Ormerod will be presenting on 25 November 2021.


Thursday 25 November 2021
Professor Neil Ormerod

Dialogue between scientists and theologians has become increasingly common as both groups seek some reproachment from the hostilities initiated by fundamentalists and anti-religious scientists (e.g., Dawkins, Krauss). However, there is often a missing dialogue partner in the discussion, philosophy, or more precisely metaphysics. Neither scientific nor theological, metaphysical assumptions often remain unaddressed by either party. Perhaps it is time for metaphysics to get reinserted into the dialogue.

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