Posted on May 03, 2011 by Sandy Finlayson |
As Edinburgh gathers for its annual celebration of science I listened to a fascinating presentation by the Padre of Heriot Watt University at the annual Science Festival Service in St Giles. With people everywhere being made redundant in occupations ranging from the Army to the Zoo, he asked whether God was also redundant.
With people everywhere being made redundant in occupations ranging from the Army to the Zoo, he asked whether God was also redundant. Not surprisingly he came to the conclusion that, at least until the great debate about creation versus evolution has been finally settled one way or another, God will have a central role to play in the great mysteries of life.
Since the industrial revolution we have seen great waves of new employment ranging across ship building, heavy engineering, brewing, distilling, electronics, north sea oil, renewable energy, information technology and life sciences amongst others. It is this constant process of innovation and re-invention which has led to such an astonishing improvement in our living standards, our health and our life span since the start of the industrial revolution.