As a scientist (ok, a science teacher, but nearly a scientist) who believes in God, I’ve read a few times now – in best–selling books, no less – that I don’t actually exist. The first time, this came as a bit of a shock. Up until then I had genuinely thought that I did – and many other people had thought so too. My parents, for instance, were convinced of it for years, and even my wife suspected that I was real at times. Since making this discovery, I have used some of my non–existence to write about science and Christianity. And now, to compensate for the immature self–indulgence of this current paragraph, here’s a more grown–up biography:
David Hutchings was born in Oxford, England in 1981. He graduated with a First Class Physics degree from the University of York in 2003 and then qualified as a Physics teacher. He has worked at Pocklington School in the North of England since 2004 and lives in York with his wife Emma and two young daughters. As an Institute of Physics Committee Member, he has run multiple training events for many teachers of the subject since 2007.A committed Christian, David also preaches, leads Bible study groups for both adults and teenagers, and seeks to encourage people to think more about Christianity, whatever their current position. His first book, Let There Be Science, was co–written with Professor Tom McLeish FRS of Durham University; it addresses their shared desire to demonstrate the profound relationship that exists between ultra–modern science and the timeless teaching of the Bible.