Summer Speaker Series — Wilkinson to speak Aug. 17-18

Aug 11, 2014
Photo by: Donated The Rev. Dr. David Wilkinson

Long’s Chapel Summer Speaker Series will continue with the Rev. Dr. David Wilkinson, who will speak at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at Long’s Chapel, again at noon Monday, Aug. 18, at the Foundation for Evangelism, located at 125 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska. The Monday lecture will include a light lunch.

Wilkinson is an internationally recognized British theologian and astrophysicist with vast knowledge of the art of apologetics. He was first trained as a scientist and then as a theologian.  Wilkinson is one of Methodism’s leading communicators in the dialogue of science and religion, combining academic credibility with presentational skills. His background is research in theoretical astrophysics, where he earned a Ph.D. in the study of star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions such as the event that wiped out the dinosaurs.

After earning his Ph.D., he trained for the Methodist ministry and served in a variety of appointments.  His current work at Durham University in the United Kingdom involves the relationship of the Christian faith to contemporary culture, from science to pop-culture.

Wilkinson is well-known for his witty ripostes during his formal speeches, often leaving the students, staff members and general audiences highly amused.

He is also the author of several books on the relationship between science and religion and is a regular contributor to “Thought for the Day” on BBC Radio. Wilkinson is married to Alison who is also an ordained Methodist minister.  Their children Adam, 20, and Hannah, 18, are both full-time students.