Loius Charles Birch

Loius Charles Birch (b. 1918) is an Australian geneticist, biologist, ecologist and theologian who has written widely on the topic of science and religion, winning the 1990 Templeton Prize. Birch has written a new book, Science and Soul, a memoir in which he looks back with gratitude to the long list of world-famous scientists and philosophers of religion who have influenced his work – Theodosius Dobzhansky, J.B.S.Haldane, Paul Erlich, Paul Tillich, Reinhold Niebuhr, Margaret Mead, and many more. In this podcast, Charles Birch talks about his life and his belief in a God that feels and grows as we do. While at the end of the day he bears witness to a god who isn’t worth worshipping (he is a process theologian after all), the interview is interesting. He discusses Paul Tillich (whose lectures he attended), Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Reinhold Niebuhr, theology in the post-WWII period, the rising popularity of fundamentalism, ethics and rights of non-humans.

For those who are interested in more, you can also download this file on Birch which includes a medium bandwidth video extracts from the TV Program, transcripts of the full unedited interview, thumbnail-sized video of the full unedited interview, a brief biography, a study guide, tv script and a list of links to related resources.

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