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Faculty of Divinity


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Video overview

Andrew Davison describes Genesis 1-3 and explores how Christians’ understanding of the origins of the universe are often more sophisticated and varied than might be assumed.

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Relevant to locally agreed syllabuses for religious education and some GCSE/ A level exam boards. Suitable as an enrichment activity at Key Stage 4 and 5 as well as any discussion activities about science & religion.

Suggested questions and activities

  • What ‘big’ questions do science and religion both try to answer?

  • Do all Christians share one belief regarding the origins of the Universe? In what ways do groups of Christians differ in their interpretation of Genesis 1-3?

  • Some Christians think that Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are two separate stories, while other view it as one continuous story. What evidence is there for these two viewpoints?

  • Is the theory of evolution compatible with Christianity? Support your answer with examples. How might scientific and religious truths differ?

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