February 4, 2005
A Public Lecture on “Did God send the Tsunami? – Christian Reflections on Science & Religion” was held on 4 February 2005 in the SCM Programme Centre in Bangalore and was conducted by Prof. P. Dayanandan, an emeritus scientist at the Madras Christian College where he had been a teacher for 38 years.
The public lecture touched on the calamities brought on by the recent tsunami that makes us wonder about the role of God in human life and all of creation. This public lecture explored on the encounter between scientific discoveries and Christian faith. The backdrop for this was the current scientific understanding and a timeframe of origins of the universe and evolution of life and human beings and human culture. For Christians the scientific world-view often evokes responses that range from serious conflicts to a healthy engagement with science. This lecture explored issues rather than claim to provide any ready-made solutions.