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Science, Religion and Big Questions

Westminster Abbey and the LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion) team invite KS4 students to ask and explore Big Questions in the spirit of great scientists of the past buried in the Abbey, such as Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton.

Big Questions bridge disciplines and do not have simple agreed answers.

  • Why does the universe exist?
  • Can a robot be a friend?
  • Do our genes determine how we behave?

In our quest for answers, we seem to have more information at our fingertips than ever before but do we give enough thought to how that knowledge comes about?


Join experts in the fields of both science and religion for a day of workshops and debates on origins, genetics, robotics, philosophy, ethics and more. Students will discover new ways to investigate Big Questions and will learn to think critically about the power and limitations of science.

Sample workshops:

  • Genes, Determinism and Human Improvement
  • All We Need is Science – Or Is It? 
  • Can a robot be responsible for making a mistake?

Download the full programme outline (PDF, 1.21MB)


St Margaret's Church, next to Westminster Abbey

Date and time

Wednesday 12th February 2020, 10:00am–4:00pm


£4 per student, including an Abbey tour. Make a booking enquiry

Bursaries may be available. Email [email protected] to find out more.

Supporting the development of epistemic insight:

Epistemic Insight

Canterbury Christ Church University

I’ve worked here for over thirty years and have seen many of the major services - it’s strange to realise that you are in a small way part of history.

Pamela - Rector's Secretary

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