American Public Media's "Speaking Of Faith" programme has produced a fascinating podcast entitled "Evolution and Wonder: Understanding Charles Darwin".
The programme takes a fresh and thought-provoking look at Darwin's life and ideas, and suggests that he did not argue against God but against a simple understanding of the world — its beauty, its brutality, and its unfolding creation.
Acclaimed physicist John Polkinghorne has just released his latest book, "Questions of Truth", together with a special promotional mini-site; www.questionsoftruth.org. The website contains extensive background material for the book, including contents, reviews and a collection of videos from the Launch Event and panel discussion held at the Royal Society.
From the QoT homepage:
Sir John Houghton presented the James Gregory Public lecture on 19th February 2009, entitled "Global Warming, Climate Change and Sustainability: Challenge to Scientists, Policy Makers and Christians".
A movie, powerpoint presentation of the lecture, and 16-page pamphlet which covers the lecture material in more detail can be downloaded from the James Gregory website.
We have received many expressions of concern regarding the bushfires in Victoria from our friends all over the world. As far as we know no one in the ICSAST family has been directly affected and for this we are profoundly grateful.
There have been a few close shaves with the fires burning close to several of our members’ houses. The wind change that can so often double the size of the fire in very quick time also redirected the blazes, saving many houses and lives but catching many others.
A meeting of minds: Geneticist Philip Batterham and Archbishop Philip Freier agreed
Noted pioneering Catholic theologian John Haught has recently given a fascinating interview for the December 2008 – February 2009 issue of EnlightenNext magazine.
The John Templeton Foundation has recently listed "A Friendly Letter to Skeptics and Atheists: Musings on Why God is Good and Faith Isn't Evil" as its Featured Book. The book, published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley in 2008, has already attracted highly positive reviews from Alister McGrath, Michael Shermer, Francis Collins, Owen Gingerich and others. The Templeton review notes: