Why am I part of CiS?
In this feature we hear from CiS members who explain how they got involved with CiS, and the impact it makes on their life as a student. In this edition we'll hear from Oxford DPhil candidate, Matthew Patterson.
We wanted to help other science students bridge the apparent sacred-secular divide between our work and our Christian lives
This was why Abigail and I decided to start a CiS student group in Oxford - we wanted to help other science students bridge the apparent sacred-secular divide between our work and our Christian lives; to see the natural world that we study as God’s creation and to praise him accordingly. It has been a fascinating experience so far, and we’ve enjoyed having discussions on the nature of miracles and the experience of awe and wonder in science and Christianity.
However, being a Christian studying science can be hard. It is not uncommon to be one of the only Christians in our departments, particularly for those studying subjects like biology. Sometimes our colleagues are hostile to our belief in God, but most are merely indifferent or faintly bemused. On the other hand, the Bible was written in a pre-scientific age, before
‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind' - Luke 10:27