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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. A recent Gallup poll in the United States reveals that while 19% of people believe God had no part in the development of human beings, by far the majority see the hand of God at work. This majority is split evenly between young-earth and theistic evolutionary views.

Chris Mulherin, our Executive Director has been busy. Amongst his numerous writing and speaking engagements, he featured recently on ABC Radio National’s God Forbid program wrestling with issues of truth and faith (see here).

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. "What neuroscience says about who I am" is now posted as a video at the following link: What neuroscience says about who I am - Professor Alan Gijsbers

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. And for scientists too this blurring of truth and lies ought to be anathema. In that spirit, we are happy to respond to a request to pass on details of the March for Science coming up soon.

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.

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