To view preceedings, reviews, reflections and other resources from COSAC 2018, visit this page.
ISCAST’s 11th Conference on Science and Christianity (COSAC) will be held in Brisbane from March 23 to 25, 2018. It's shaping up to be a conference to remember, with something for everyone: Cosmology – Theology – History – Apologetics – Ethics – Philosophy ... all in the name of robust and thoughtful Christian engagement in an age of science and technology.
It is usually towards the end of Year 4 that students begin to ask me various questions concerning the creation of this world. How did God create the world? Did it begin with a big bang? What did God make humans out of? How does God heal people? How old is God because I think he must be 14 million years? Of course this last student has had some conversation or read about the age of the earth somewhere and put together the age of the earth with the age of God.
Jonathan Clarke has just returned from another mission to simulate life on Mars. This time he was on Devon Island in the Canadian Arctic, where the sun never sets in the northern summer. It’s all part of a project to see what some of the challenges are, should humans one day decide to live on Mars. (Jon will be speaking at ISCAST's science, faith and apologetics conference in March 2018.)
Dr Jennifer Wiseman will be in Australia in March 2018 at ISCAST's invitation. She will speak at the ISCAST Conference on Science and Christianity in Brisbane and will also be a main speaker at the World Science Festival Brisbane. Dr Wiseman is an astronomer and a Fellow and former President of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in science.
ISCAST Executive Director Chris Mulherin interviews Professor Peter Harrison on the history of the complex and interdependent relationship between science and religion in the West.
Peter is an ISCAST fellow and an eminent Australian historian and philosopher. He’s a leading international scholar on the history of science, and says we've been duped into believing in the myth of a perennial conflict between science and Christianity. No, Harrison doesn't use the word 'duped', because he is quiet-spoken, choosing his words with care, and wary of overstating his case.
"Religion is not going away any time soon, and science will not destroy it. If anything, it is science that is subject to increasing threats to its authority and social legitimacy. Given this, science needs all the friends it can get. Its advocates would be well advised to stop fabricating an enemy out of religion, or insisting that the only path to a secure future lies in a marriage of science and secularism."
We in ISCAST mourn the loss of a good friend and colleague who passed away last Friday (25th August) and extend the condolences of the ISCAST community to his wife Solway and to Geoff’s family.
ISCAST Fellow Peter Harrison will visit Melbourne in August to give three talks. Peter is an eminent thinker on matters of science and religion and most recently wrote The Territories of Science and Religion, based on his 2011 Gifford Lectures. (More details about Peter are below.) Details of the talks are: