Archive for February, 2010

Evolution and ‘Creationism’

“Many secular and many evangelical voices agree on one ‘truism’ – that if you are an orthodox Christian with a high view on the authority of the Bible, you cannot believe in evolution in any form at all.”

So begins Tim Keller in an article titled “Creation, Evolution, and Christian Laypeople”

The BioLogos Foundation has commissioned a number of eminent scholars to write papers on all sorts of issues regarding science and faith, including evolution. People such as Bruce Waltke, Tim Keller, Mark Noll and Denis Lamoureux have made excellent, interesting, and provoking contributions.

This link, BioLogos: Scholarly Essays, will take you to some material well worth reading.

Matter over Mind

‘you,’ your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules. As Lewis Carroll’s Alice might have phrased it: ‘You’re nothing but a pack of neurons.’

So Stephen M. Barr, Professor of physics at the University of Delaware, quotes Francis Crick at the beginning of an excellent article in First Things considering the book “Neuroscience, Psychology, and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities About Human Nature” by Malcolm Jeeves and Warren S. Brown.

Follow the link for more: Matter over Mind

New N.I.H Chief

With Francis Collins appointment to the directorship of the National Institutes of Health comes a great deal of noise, not the least due to his public faith. The New York Times has a great introductory article.

For N.I.H. Chief, Issues of Identity and Culture.

Conference: bringing science and faith together.

Every year, Regent College holds a conference for pastors from all over the world. This year, the conference is titled Wonder and Devotion: Bringing Science and Faith Together for the Church.

With plenary speakers such as Denis Alexander (the Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge), Alan Torrance (Chair of Systematic Theology, University of St Andrews), Iain Provan (Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies (OT), Regent College), Ross Hastings (Associate Professor, Mission Studies, Regent College) and Darrell W. Johnson (Senior Minister, First Baptist Church, Vancouver), as well as numerous workshops, the conference looks to be a great opportunity to consider the interaction of science with our faith.

It is held at Regent College from May 4-7.

Have a look at the following link for more information.

Wonder and Devotion: Bringing Science and Faith Together for the Church

Science, faith belong together

Bishop Linda Nicholls, the anglican bishop for Trent-Durham in the diocese of Toronto in Canada has written an article outlining the necessity for christians to hold science and faith in close relationship. Well worth a read. See page 4 of the following link.

Faith and Science

Dr. Jennie McLaurin, associate professor of bioethics at Regent College in Vancouver, as well as a physician with over 25 years of experience working with poor migrant communities has been writing a number of articles for the website in the areas of Faith and Science.

With titles like: ‘Constructing Children in our own image’; ‘To enhancement, and beyond?’; ‘The task of re-faithing science’; and ‘See the world with the wonder of a scientist’, her posts are insightful and thought-provoking. Well worth checking out.

follow this link! Faith and Science.

Botox 4 the brain

Technology is rapidly reaching the point of being able to interact with our very understanding of what it means to be a human being, influencing hitherto unreachable aspects of our human nature. Neuroethics and Transhumanism are two burgeoning fields seeking to engage with this area. Unfortunately, there is a decided lack of Christian voice in these areas. The ‘Botox 4 the brain: Neutroethics, Transhumanism and Christian Thought’ is a blog site seeking to engage with the many ethical questions that are arising.

Click on the following link to check it out.

Botox 4 the brain: Neuroethics, Transhumanism and Christian Thought