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At ABC Religion and Ethics, ISCAST fellow Peter Harrison has written a review of (Harvard psychologist and popular atheist) Steven Pinker's new book Enlightenment Now. It's a review that many ISCAST friends might find interesting as it challenges (although a stronger word is probably in order) Pinker's grasp on history and the way he puts his misunderstanding to work in the interests of (a godless) "reason, science, humanism and progress". 

This very clearly written article delves into the nature of the universe and attempts to make sense of its apparent 'fine tuning' by proposing 'cosmo​ psychism'. It is posted here not because it coheres with orthodox Christianity (it doesn't!) but because (in the first half) it sets out clearly some of the current state of physics and the challenges it faces before going on to propose that the whole universe itself is 'conscious' and claiming that such a theory is a better one than either the multiverse theory or theism. (Chris Mulherin, ISCAST Exec. Director)​

ISCAST distinguished fellow Tom McLeish writes in Physics Today about the nature of the science–faith relationship and suggests that the conflict myth is harmful to science.

To say, “I believe in the Church” is to embrace and live into a reality that precedes us, encompasses us, and continues beyond us. Indeed, if we are to truly be the Church in the present, I believe that it is incumbent on us to listen to those who have gone before us, and recognize that our own “here and now” is not the whole of the Christian story.

ISCAST Director Chris Mulherin writes in Eternity news about last Friday's Doomsday Clock announcement and our attraction to apocalyptic scenarios.

ISCAST fellow (and COSAC speaker) Peter Harrison writes on the ABC Religion and Ethics website about being cautious about referring to "Western values".

Until last month, the smallest star in the Southern Cross had the no-nonsense title of Epsilon Crucis – literally the fifth-brightest star of the Cross.

Michael Strauss, particle physicist and Christian, explains string theory (the most popular attempt at the physicists' 'theory of everything') for the layperson. Amongst other things, string theory has been criticised for not even being science.

In the span of less than a decade, social scientist Elaine Howard Ecklund’s research has ostensibly supported complete opposite observations in the ongoing “wars” (real or imagined) between science and religion.

The mother of all string theories passes a litmus test that, so far, no other candidate theory of quantum gravity has been able to match.

Daniel Dennett’s latest book marks five decades of majestic failure to explain consciousness.

In this 12 min video David Bentley Hart discusses the problem of understanding consciousness; materialism (or physicalism) just doesn't have the resources to explain the most overwhelming reality that we all experience. Those ISCASTians who have heard or read ISCAST President Alan Gijsbers' reflections on the self will be interested in this short video.

Parents often ask me what they ought to do to prepare their children for a future they can scarcely imagine, in a world that's changing before their eyes. 

An opinion piece by Alan Finkel.

Albert Einstein said that the ‘most incomprehensible thing about the Universe is that it is comprehensible’. He was right to be astonished. 

Each semester, I teach courses on the philosophy of science to undergraduates at the University of New Hampshire. Most of the students take my courses to satisfy general education requirements, and most of them have never taken a philosophy class before.

John Buchanan, a Christian psychiatrist in Melbourne, reflects in The Spectator on the recent passing of a euthanasia (assisted suicide) bill in Victoria.

The December issue of the ISCAST Digest begins with a passionate plea from the Executive Director. The Digest is full of fascinating stories and resources, and it's now available for download.

Download Volume 9, Issue 4

In conjunction with Bruce Craven and John Pilbrow, Allan Day compiled extensive notes on science and Christian belief.

Augmented and virtual realities promises to dramatically change how we work in the future, but the technology is already having an impact in education and training.

Our friends at Eastern College Australia are looking for a reviewer of four undergraduate units in Earth and Environmental Science as preparation for offering an Earth and Environmental major of six units to education students. The College needs the units to be reviewed for alignment with the AQF and appropriate content and material for the respective units.

John Pilbrow, ISCAST Fellow and former President, has been cataloguing and compiling the ISCAST archives. To many within ISCAST, his paper given at COSAC 2007 is pivotal, changing the way ISCAST saw itself and ushering a new future for ISCAST. This paper has recently been loaded to the ISCAST website.

George Ellis spoke at COSAC in 2005. The slides from these presentations have been recently added to the ISCAST website and can be found using the links below.

Other interesting resources can be found on our resource page

Climate change denial, intelligent design, creationism, and anti-vaccines hypotheses: are these scientific?

This week as I was demonstrating “Messy Church Does Science”, I extracted someone’s DNA using salt water, washing-up liquid and methylated spirits.

Although too much can be made of connections between Protestantism and science, it is not coincidental that the Reformation and the rise of modern science occurred at the same time and in many of the same places.