The Gilbert Scott Lectures on Science and Faith

The series of Gilbert Scott Lectures on Science and Faith that take place each year are designed to encourage learning, discussion, and reflection on a variety of aspects of science and faith, especially together. Bringing in a wide range of voices; from world-renowned, established academics, scientists and theologians, to the voices of practical, everyday experiences, they are designed to be accessible and enhance learning and reflection, whilst always being sensitive and respectful – all are welcome!

As a Cathedral community, we often talk about Liverpool Cathedral being a place of Encounter. We hope that through this lecture series you will encounter something about the way science and faith interact.

To see a list of our upcoming lectures, click here.

About Gilbert Scott

The series is entitled in honour of Dr Sebastian Gilbert Scott, brother of our famous Liverpool Cathedral Architect, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Sebastian was an internationally renowned physician and radiologist in London.

This annual series of lectures began in 2019; the 140th anniversary of  Gilbert Scott's birth in Hampstead in 1879. His obituaries in the British Journal of Radiology and the British Medical Journal highlight his many clinical accomplishments…. but also how good a teacher he was, teaching by example through a kindly, cheerful and optimistic manner with his patients to many a young, trainee radiologist.

We hope that all of our speakers, year on year, share their thoughts, experience and expertise in much the same manner.

For more information, contact:
The Revd Canon Dr Mike Kirby; Canon Scientist, Liverpool Cathedral

Our Upcoming 2022 Lectures:

Please head to our Events Calendar to view all our upcoming Lectures and events.

Our Previous Lectures - 2022 Series:

To view our previous lectures on youtube, please click the individual highlighted title.

Previous Lectures, 2021 series

Previous Lectures, 2019 inaugural series

  • Approaches to Ecological Theology”
    Thursday 30 May 2019. Prof Christopher Southgate, Professor of Christian Theodicy at Exeter University, UK (Sponsored by the Montgomery Trust)

  • “Science, Religion and the Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence”
    Thursday 23 May 2019. The Revd Prof David Wilkinson, Professor, and Principal of St John’s College, Durham University, UK

  •  “Body and Soul in the Light of Near Death Experiences”
    Thursday 9 May 2019. The Very Revd Prof Gordon McPhate, Visiting Prof of Theology and Medicine, Chester University; Dean Emeritus of Chester, UK

  •  “A life in Cancer Therapy – Professional and Pastoral Challenges”
    Thursday 2 May 2019. The Revd Dr Mike Kirby, Chaplain, Liverpool Cathedral; Lecturer in Radiotherapy Physics, University of Liverpool; Honorary Lecturer, University of Manchester, UK