Published on November 3, 2015 by Sean Flynt  
Physicist Mark Harris
Physicist Mark Harris

Samford University’s Center for Science and Religion will host a free public lecture by physicist Mark Harris Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. in Samford’s Reid Chapel. This event is funded by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Harris, lecturer in science and religion at the University of Edinburgh, will address the question of whether or not science disproves the miracles of Jesus. He also will lead a free Ministers’ Workshop 12:30–2 p.m. (contact to register).

As a physicist working in a theological environment, Harris is interested in the complicated ways that science and religion relate to each other, especially in questions about the nature of reality. He is known for his codiscovery, with Steve Bramwell, of “spin ice,” a counterintuitive model system that has revolutionized research into the way magnetic order develops in solids.

While training for ordained ministry, Harris discovered theology in a moment of awakening not unlike that provided by his first chemistry set at the age of 10. After time spent in university chaplaincy and cathedral ministry, he now combines his academic interests by leading the science and religion program of study and research at the University of Edinburgh.

His research interests include the study of realism in physics and theology,
 and the lawfulness of nature. Much of his work focuses on the ways in which natural sciences have critically affected modern views of the Bible, especially in thinking on miracles and divine action.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.