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Few people could have missed the advent of the "post-truth" age and the propagation of fake news. For Christians committed to truth and to the one who said "I am the truth," such attitudes can only be seen as cultural character flaws.

On ABC RN's The Spirit of Things, ISCAST Distinguished Fellow Ken Freeman talks at the World Science Festival Brisbane with Rachael Kohn, AC Grayling, and others. 

Prior to his 3 appearances at the 2017 World Science Festival in Brisbane, ISCAST Fellow Jon Clarke was interviewed by Emma Griffiths about his Mars experience on ABC Drive. ISCAST even gets a mention! (From 14 min on.)
The podcast of this interview is now available.

 

Tim and Lyn Beattie (ISCASTians in Melbourne) recently took a holiday with a difference. A cruise, in fact, where they offered some mental stimulation the fellow cruisers. We asked them to tell us briefly about the experience and how the talks were received.
 

Thanks to Ian Hore-Lacy for alerting us to this interesting commentary on 'Christian creation-care wars' in the US; for those interested in the politics and theological leanings behind care for the planet.

Today is International Women's Day and, while women are not overly represented in ISCAST (a challenge to remedy!), here's a sneak peak at a woman who we have invited to join us in Australia for a conference next year. 

Who has best portrayed God in cinema?  My vote is for Morgan Freeman’s version in the theologically profound Jim Carrey comedy Bruce Almighty (2003). Freeman gave the role gravitas, tackling a number of vexing theological questions in a humorous and endearing way. Thirteen years after his initial portrayal of God, Morgan Freeman is hosting National Geographic Channel’s The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, which recently kicked off its second six-episode season.
 

Does the discovery of exoplanets threaten established religions here on Earth?

A comment by ISCAST Fellow James Garth.

Exoplanet discoveries and alien life: A comment by ISCAST Fellow Jon Clarke

Dr Jonathan Clarke is an ISCAST Fellow and board member. He is president of Mars Society Australia, an associate of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology, and sessional instructor in astrobiology at Swinburne University.
 

A promising new Christianity and science dictionary is due out in April.

Our friends at the Simeon Network are holding various "Draft Days" around the country for Christian researchers to explore the intersection of their faith and work. There are opportunities to give a formal paper or present some initial thoughts for discussion.

There may be an antidote to politically motivated reasoning. And it's wonderfully simple. Yes, politics can make us stupid. But there's an important exception to that rule.
 

There is something about the sight of a bubble hanging effortlessly in the air that excites a childlike wonder in us, whatever our age. Perhaps it’s their delicate beauty, almost transparent, glimmering with a rainbow of colours? Perhaps it’s the temptation to pop them? For me, the most amazing thing about bubbles is that they make themselves.

Cut-throat atmosphere in world-class labs and conferences closer to House of Cards than Big Bang Theory, says Swiss academic.

ISCAST Fellow Mark Worthing has recently had two new books released. Although they are not about science and faith, they do engage with the wider dialogue between Christian faith and culture and may be of interest to fellow Iscastians.

How living in an age of science and technology affects our understanding of Christianity: A 15-minute ISCAST board brainstorm (December 2016)

 

Volume 8 Issue 4 of the ISCAST Digest is now available for download.

Download Volume 8, Issue 4

As we all know, digitization is radically transforming our lives. The internet, mobile devices, massive data collections and the analytics applied to them are propelling a digital revolution. The World Economic Forum spoke recently of a Fourth Industrial Revolution.

A new book entitled The Nature of Things: Rediscovering the Spiritual in God's Creation, edited by Graham Buxton and Norman Habel, with foreword by David Rhoads.
 
This book arises out of 2015's international conference in South Australia on ecology and creation care, 'Rediscovering the Spiritual in God's Creation'.

In 1800, someone took the temperature of a rainbow. This story isn’t as strange as it sounds because that ‘someone’ was not the sort of person to look for a pot of gold, but a scientist called William Herschel.

A podcast by Anna Goodman, neuroscientist, and Ruth Bancewicz asking what we can find out from studying neurological disease. How has Anna found a way to fit family life and career together, and how do both of those aspects of life complement her faith and role in the church?

Nuclear fusion energy has been heralded as the answer to the global energy crisis, a virtually endless – and cleaner – source of power that will last several generations.
 

Have you ever had that slightly disturbing experience of arriving at work and realising that you have very little recollection of how you got there?

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