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Join us from April 22 as we converse live with local and international speakers. This new series of conversations is a collaboration between our friends across the Tasman, New Zealand Christians in Science (NZCIS), and ISCAST in Australia.

ISCAST fellow Mike Clarke recently featured on an episode of City Bible Forum's Big Questions show. The big question was: Why preserve anything? And, in particular, why should we be concerned with the impact of fire on fauna? Mike is a biologist and bushfire expert. The discussion considered the impact of the bushfires and why we should be concerned about preserving anything at all. The conversation revealed that the standard answers to this big question are surprisingly difficult.

A reflection by ISCAST Associate John Long on Christmas, science, and the work of Stanley Jaki

(Photo: The author and Stanley Jaki in 1992.)

 

Past ISCAST fellow Nick Hawkes reflects in these three articles on the significance of quantum physics for mathematics, atheism and God.

Thanks to the thorough archival diggings of ISCAST past-president Emeritus Professor John Pilbrow, ISCAST has its own "History of ISCAST". It is now published here as a PDF. We are grateful for John's painstaking work going through many boxes of archives. The history takes us up to 2017 and will need to be updated in the light of growth and changes since then. Thank you John!

Creation or Evolution: Do We Have To Choose?

Denis Alexander (Monarch 2008)

Monarch Books, Oxford, 2008 288 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-85424-746-9 (UK), 978-0-8254-6292-4(US)

 

Reviewed by Ian Hore-Lacy

Review of Confronting Religious Denial of Science: Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination by Catherine M. Wallace. Review by Jonathan M. Hanes

ISCAST Distinguished Fellow Professor Tom McLeish responds to questions about the biblical creation story in Genesis by reminding us that there are numerous creation narratives in the Bible.

ISCAST fellow Andrew Sloane, from Morling College in Sydney, has two articles published in the October 2019 issue of Science and Christian Belief on various aspects of dementia, identity and theology. The articles require a subscription to access, however the abstracts are copied below.

Sir Roger Penrose, a leading cosmologist who worked with Stephen Hawking to develop the theory that predicted the beginning of space and time in the Big Bang, has been challenged to consider God as the best explanation of the universe by William Lane Craig, a renowned Christian philosopher during an episode of the debate show The Big Conversation.

"As a science journalist, I’ve been to countless science conferences over the years where I’d hear about the latest discoveries or a plug for a new telescope or particle accelerator destined to yield fresh insights into the workings of nature. But last week I found myself in a small but elegant auditorium at Dartmouth College for a different kind of meeting. Scientists and philosophers had gathered not to celebrate research accomplishments but to argue that science itself is inadequate.

Review of It Keeps Me Seeking: The Invitation from Science, Philosophy and Religion, by Andrew Briggs, Hans Halvorson and Andrew Steane (Oxford University Press, 2018)

By John Pilbrow

 

Congratulations to ISCAST fellow Mark Worthing for winning the 2019 silver award by ARPA (Australasian Religious Press Association) for best article for ‘Is Science Replacing God?’.

In Unlikely Allies: Monotheism and the Rise of Science, Mark Worthing investigates the claims of religious traditions that they played a unique role in the rise of the natural sciences. The author argues that monotheism in general, more than any particular manifestation of it, was significant in the development of modern science.

ISCAST fellow Ian Harper recently published Confessions of a Meddlesome Economist.

It was reviewed by Phil Dolan in the July 2019 edition of The Melbourne Anglican and the review is now up on their website here

The publisher says:

Review of The Demon in the Machine: How Hidden Webs of Information Are Finally Solving the Mystery of Life by Paul Davies (Allen Lane/Penguin Books, 2019)

By Andrew Wood

A pdf of this review can be downloaded here

Dr Denis Alexander is the Founding Director [Emeritus] of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge, where he is Emeritus Fellow.

Book review by Alan Gijsbers of Tom McLeish’s The Poetry and Music of Science. OUP. 2019. 355 pages.  

Our friends at CASE (New College, Sydney) have John Walton from Wheaton College speaking on "The Lost World of Genesis 1" on July 26. The event begins at 7PM, and there is no entry cost.

For more details about the event, please click here.

The July issue of the ISCAST Digest is now available to download.

The Digest is full of fascinating stories and resources including notification of our upcoming Symposium in Victoria on Wicked Problems

Download Volume 11, Issue 2

Our friends at New Zealand Christians in Science are hosting a conference in late August, and would love to see some Aussies there! Why not visit the lovely southern island and listen to talks by Prof. Barbara Rossing and A/Prof. Andrew Gosler?

This article published in The Melbourne Anglican is based on an interview by ISCAST Executive Director Chris Mulherin with New Atheist cosmologist Lawrence Krauss. You can hear the interview and read the transcript here.

The article begins:

The book "Am I Just My Brain" is out now. Science and Belief has published a series of excerpts from the book, such as: 

In this program, Nick Spencer examines the history of science and religion and questions the extent to which they have been in conflict with one another. With the assistance of various contributors, he examines the various ways science and religion have interacted with new explorations of the world, and with each other, in historical context. You can listen to the first episode here.

ISCAST Fellow Andrew Sloane has recently published an article on resurrection as both a spiritual and scientific phenomenon, and what it means to engage with the concept of death as a person of faith.

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