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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.

This is the transcript of an interview conducted by ISCAST Ex

Our friends at The Simeon Network (run by ISCAST fellow and board member Lewis Jones) have a regular academic writing workshop entitled Publish designed for Christians to boost their publication record, learn tips for academic publishing, and possibly even be encouraged to expand into some cross-disciplinary publishing of faith and research ideas.

ISCAST fellow Andrew Sloane is organising a faith and work conference at Morling College in Sydney. It features Mark Greene, Executive Director of The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and a range of key figures in the faith and work movement in Australia. Running from July 4 to 6, the conference is open to all.

Resources from ISCAST Vic's event: When science is not enough held on 25/05/2019, are now available to download.

Alan Gijsbers spoke on the topic What is science?
Download slides from his presentation here

Andrew Wood spoke on the topic Post-normal science and science in crisis (when science is not enough)
Download slides from his presentation here

ISCAST fellow James Garth spoke on "Science and Faith: Enemies or Friends?" to a large crowd of young people recently at St Hilary's Anglican Church in Melbourne.

Eternity News recently interviewed Ken Ham from Answers in Genesis and asked ISCAST
Executive Director Chris Mulherin for a response.

Our friends at St Thomas' Burwood are hosting a panel discussion on the complex subject of legalised assisted dying.

Chaired by Michael Dowling, the panel will feature:

The Sisters; or, Galileo’s Penance: History and Science Through the Eyes of Two Forgotten Women
May 27 to June 1 in Melbourne

This play is written and directed by Sharmini Kumar, a friend of ISCAST.

ISCAST distinguished fellow Denis Alexander talks about whether there is purpose in biology and in life, in this podcast with Natasha Moore at the Centre for Public Christianity.

Listen to the podcast here: https://www.publicchristianity.org/homo-divinus/

The UN announced this week that 1 million species face extinction in the foreseeable future if we do not act.

Eternity News covers the report here, with comments from ISCAST fellow Professor Mike Clarke, professor of Zoology and head of the School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University.


Our friends at BioLogos in the USA have just released the videos of their recent conference, which was entitled "Beyond Conflict: Science, Faith, and the Big Questions." 

This review, by ISCAST fellow Ian Hore-Lacy, affirms Mark Poynter's view about Australian forest management that "culpable high-level ignorance threatens not just forestry but the forests themselves." According to Ian, this "begs for fuller attention by those concerned with stewardship of God’s creation in its providential aspects for human beings." 

ISCAST readers who were around in 2017 might remember Michael Smith's review of How I Changed My Mind about Evolution.  (You can find the review here)

This week's big news of the first-ever photo of a black hole is written up here in an Eternity News article by ISCASTians Mark Worthing and Chris Mulherin.


Christ, the Cross and Creation Care, a conference in Sydney organised by our friends at A Rocha is rapidly approachingInvolving bible talks, panel discussion, workshop

21 March, 2019

A review by Nick Mattiske of Conjuring the Universe by Peter Atkins, Oxford University Press, 2018

Randy is a friend of ISCAST having visited us (the ISCAST Vic committee and Mark Worthing in Adelaide) about this time last year. He is a leading researcher in genomics, particularly in environmental mutagenesis, the process whereby the environment can affect the expression of genes and phenotypic traits in living things.

We congratulate him on receiving the 2019 Alexander Hollaender Award.