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ISCAST Executive Director Chris Mulherin returned recently from Perth where he gave various talks for Claremont Baptist Church, Scripture Union WA, Christ Church Grammar School (CCGS), and a combined Baptist Churches Youth event. His talks included a number on science and faith issues as well as addressing all the staff at CCGS and taking a school philosophy class. Copies of the talks and/or slides are available on request.

This article in Australia's Cosmos magazine brings news of a new preprint article supporting the idea that evolution h

ISCAST Distinguished Fellow Ken Freeman was honoured with the Companion of the Order of Australia in yesterday's Queen's Birthday honours list. Congratulations Ken from all ISCASTians. The article in The Australian reads as follows:

ISCAST Fellow, Graeme Clark has received another honour recognising his lifetime of service. Graeme is an ISCAST Distinguished Fellow who speaks often of the integration of his life of Christian faith and his vocation as a scientist. He also recognises the importance of ISCAST's work, saying recently, "I am impressed by ISCAST's approach to questions of faith and science.  This is an issue of great importance for people of all ages, and it is being extremely well addressed by ISCAST."

No, there are no new statistics about the origin of humans, but there are new statistics about what people believe about origins.

Chris Mulherin, our Executive Director has been busy.

ISCAST’s newest fellow, Prof. Peter Harrisonspeaks here on ABC RN’s Future Tense about the lack of trust in science. The solution is not to return to Enlightenment values but to understand the nature of science better, including its history and cultural setting. 

How should we read Genesis? Is Genesis meant to be a literal account of creation?

The latest issue of the ISCAST Digest, full of fascinating stories and resources, is now available for download.

Download Volume 9, Issue 1

Science is a deeply human activity that people have been doing long before the ‘scientific revolution’ a few hundred years ago – but then so is religion. Is there any evidence to suggest which came first?

Last week the new ABC irreligious religion program God Forbid run by James Carleton featured ISCAST Executive Director, Chris Mulherin, in conversation with Alice Klein, the Australian reporter for New Scientist.

ISCAST President Alan Gijsbers spoke recently at Tabor Adelaide on neuroscience and human identity.

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.

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