Sam Berry: being a Christian among other scientists

Sam Berry on not having 'the faintest idea' how other scientists viewed own Christianity and work on science and religion.

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During the period we talked about last time which was mainly the 60s and 70s, to what extent did your colleagues strictly in genetics and ecology - in those academic disciplines - to what extent did they know about your thinking and writing and activities on questions of science and belief?

I haven't the faintest idea.  I mean I never hid it - but it wasn't a thing that I specifically talked about.  I think they probably knew I went to church, but whether it went further than that I just don't know.  I mean, when I wrote - I suppose the first major thing I wrote was Adam and the Ape which mid 1970s - 75 - that's probably when, I wouldn't say I 'broke cover', but you know when I because more obvious to other people.  How many people knew about it is another thing.

So you never - there was never an occasion when in an academic department, at a conference, at a scientific meeting where a scientific colleague would ask you about your work in this related but different field?

I don't remember any.  I mean at that time I was speaking to things like student Christian unions, but again the academic people would be unlikely to know about [that]. 

  • Interviewee Robert James (Sam) Berry
  • Duration 00:01:29
  • Copyright British Library Board
  • Interviewer Paul Merchant
  • Date of interview 2/17/2015
  • Shelfmark C1672/02
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