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Cambridge fellow challenges Wisbech school pupils

The Rev Philip Hobday with Wisbech Grammar School pupils
The Rev Philip Hobday with Wisbech Grammar School pupils

A Cambridge fellow has been challenging pupils at Wisbech Grammar School to consider whether science offers solutions to some of life’s biggest questions.

In the first twilight talk of the term, the Rev Philip Hobday, the dean of chapel and director of studies in theology at Magdalene College, asked a 70-strong audience on February 27 if religious faith was irrational and whether it was necessarily in conflict with science.

Science had proved a problem for religious believers because it had questioned the rationality of belief, but there were good philosophical and moral grounds for thinking that belief was not irrational.

Mr Hobday, who is a governor at the Grammar School, said: “Things we think are really straightforward have more to them than we can test and measure and prove.”

The school’s deputy head of sixth form, Mrs Jane Missin, said the purpose of the enrichment lectures was to engage pupils with topics beyond the academic curriculum.

She said: “This talk was very thought provoking and engaging, and Mr Hobday encouraged the members of the audience to re-evaluate the way they view faith and science. The pupils showed a great willingness to participate in the debate, with some very thoughtful questions.”

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