Rev. Dr. Noel Davies
Formerly General Secretary of Cytun
Biography: Dr Noel Davies is a retired Congregational minister, was General Secretary of Cytun:
Churches together in Wales, and he has lectured in theology at Cardiff University and Trinity College,
Carmarthen (as it was then). He graduated in science from Bangor in the 1960s and after retiring
returned to science studies, graduating again in 2013, this time from the Open University. Dr Noel
Davies has recently been awarded a MSc by Research from the Medical School at Swansea University
for research into stem cells. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Welsh-language
multidisciplinary academic journal, Gwerddon, and in 2017 published a book on Christianity and
science, in collaboration with Dr Hefin Jones (Cardiff University).
Abstract: In the light of the decline in Christian faith and practice in Wales over the last century, are
there themes that emerge from Welsh poetry during that period that could contribute creatively to
inter-faith dialogue within the contemporary context? Themes such as the inner search for God, the
presence of the divine in creation, the possibility of hope faced with the crisis of humanity and
environment, the search for peace and justice and the possibility of prayer in a post-Christian, postscientific
milieu will be explored, as well as questions about inclusiveness in contemporary cultural
and religious exploration. The work of a small selection of Welsh poets such as Hedd Wyn, R.S.
Thomas, Menna Elfyn, Gwenallt Jones and Waldo Williams will illustrate some of these themes. The
talk will end with an examination of the way in which these themes resonate with contemporary
scientific insights as we seek answers to the key question, ‘Can we still say “God” with meaning?’
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Rev Dr Noel Davies, Ex-Secretary General of Cytun, the ecumenical body in Wales.
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