Festival of Thought South Africa | 2018

With over 100 events across four major cities – click your area below to find out what’s going on!

Highlights of the week

Monday 16 April
Wits University Campus, Johannesburg

Cosmic Chemistry: do God and Science mix?

Professor John Lennox

If we are to believe many modern commentators, science has squeezed God into a corner, killed and then buried him with its all-embracing explanations. Atheism, we are told, is the only intellectually tenable position, and any attempt to reintroduce God is likely to impede the progress of science. In this stimulating and thought-provoking talk, John Lennox invites us to consider such claims very carefully. Is it really true, he asks, that everything in science points towards atheism? Could it be possible that theism sits more comfortably with science than atheism? Has science buried God or not?

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Wednesday 18 April
Rosebank Union Campus

Women’s Summit

Amy Orr-Ewing, Lusanda Mashua, Rachael Mutesi & Tanya Walker

Festival of Thought’s Women’s Summit is an opportunity to consider the biggest questions facing working women in South Africa today. What does success look like? What’s the purpose in my 9-5? Where can I find certainty in an uncertain world? Hosted by Brenda Scrooby (née Horne), a multiple award winning businesswoman, Festival of Thought’s Women’s Summit will offer much for both the heart and intellect as well as bring meaningful insights and perspectives from the Christian worldview.

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Friday 20 April
19:00 – 21:30
Hillsong Century City, Cape Town

Da Truth Live & Open Forum

Da Truth and Ravi Zacharias

One of the biggest names in Gospel Hip Hop today, Da Truth, and internationally acclaimed author and apologist Ravi Zacharias unite to bring you what promises to be an unforgettable evening in the heart of Cape Town. Ravi Zacharias will deliver the keynote talk, addressing some of the biggest questions we face in our work, lives and culture today and will hold an open question-and-answer session with the audience.

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What is Festival of Thought?

Your City. Your Workplace. Your Questions.


Festival of Thought emerged from a series of events hosted by banking and financial institutions in Canary Wharf, London in 2015. Some of the world’s largest banks, financial advisory institutions and global industrial companies took part. Since then, Festivals have taken place in a number of global business centres, with the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town hosting our next Festival in April 2018. If you’d like to see Festival of Thought take place in your city please click here.


Hosted at your workplace and facilitated by world-class thinkers and speakers from RZIM, these questions are addressed in ways which often bring new insight, alongside perspectives from the Christian world-view. Festival of Thought is a place where those of all faiths or none are welcome and our events are viewed as incredible learning opportunities, a way of enhancing understanding of values in business or as a contribution to Continuing Professional Development for attendees. The period of open Q&A at the end of every event is always a highlight.


Festival of Thought celebrates questions of truth and purpose in business. Questions of meaning, morality, integrity, faith and culture. Questions we wish could be addressed more often but have little opportunity to consider most of the time. Does integrity matter at work? Where is the meaning and purpose in my career? How can I bring my whole self to work? Festival of Thought is dedicated to the search for answers.

Does integrity matter in business?

Does my career have purpose?

Is truth relevant to the 21st Century workplace?

Results & relationships: is there a trade off?

Has faith got any relevance to work?

Other big questions of business