Wilton Park: Science, theology and the big bang

This week, scientists from CERN were among those attending a Wilton Park meeting, held near Geneva on 15-18 October, where leading experts were invited to examine the different world-views of science, philosophy and theology, and consider what they share in terms of understanding. Is it possible to develop a common framework or language to allow a meaningful dialogue?

Wilton Park is a forum for analysing and advancing the agenda on global policy challenges, bringing international experts together under the same roof to discuss issues of topical relevance. It organizes more than 50 events each year, providing a neutral environment where conflicting views can be expressed and debated calmly.

The meeting, which was organized in partnership with CERN, enabled scientists from a range of disciplines to enter into dialogue with philosophers and theologians from the world religions about the nature of the big bang theory. A report and an e-book will be available in due course.