Category Archives: Sciences

Who’s really at the forefront of scientific enquiry, evangelical Francis Collins or the New Atheist loudmouths?

Find out here.  But I’ll supply a big visual clue: Scientific papers published: a comparison

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The United States of America’s views on evolution and Creationism: a useful infographic

From BioLogos: Click on the image (twice) to enlarge it.

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Quote of the day: Iris Murdoch on why William Shakespeare will always be more important than Richard Dawkins

‘We are men and we are moral agents before we are scientists, and the place of science in human life must be discussed in words.  This is why it is and always will be more important to know about Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Barrie Schwortz, a Jewish expert on the Turin Shroud, explains why he is convinced that it is authentic

Barrie Schwortz, a Jewish man who was part of a team that conducted the first in-depth scientific examination of the Turin Shroud, explains why he is convinced that the cloth is authentic At the very beginning of my involvement with … Continue reading

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Interview with Br. Guy Consolmagno, astronomer and meteorite curator at the Vatican Observatory

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Hitchens on Albert Einstein and atheism

Einstein versus the Atheists There remains a sort of belief among the less well-educated atheists that ‘science’ is incompatible with religious belief.  I don’t think Albert Einstein thought it was.  The Revd Dr. John Polkinghorne, former Professor of Mathematical Physics … Continue reading

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‘Science and Religion: Where the Conflict Really Lies’ by Alvin Plantinga

Well worth your time:

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Pic of the day: Cassini spacecraft’s stunning image of Saturn’s rings and moon

Cassini captured this image of Tethys — the smaller moon, just 660 miles across — that appears to be floating under Saturn’s rings in front of the planet.

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Alister McGrath on Higgs boson: the particle of faith

‘Some tell us that science is about what can be proved.  The wise tell us it is really about offering the best explanations of what we see, realising that these explanations often cannot be proved, and may sometimes lie beyond proof.  Science … Continue reading

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Sir John Polkinghorne on scientific discovery, the development of doctrine and reasons for Christian belief

‘I think that discoveries of new truth in science and beyond science are always in some continuing relationship to the truth that has been there before.  When Einstein came along and discovered general relativity he didn’t throw Newton away.  He … Continue reading

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Scott McLemee on American evangelical scientist Francis Collins

‘It’s worth stressing two things about the case of Francis Collins [the director of the National Institutes of Health, who spent a decade heading the Human Genome Project].  One is that, while being completely orthodox with respect to evangelical doctrine, he played an … Continue reading

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Vatican signs deal to collaborate on adult stem cell research

Vatican signs deal to collaborate on adult stem cell research The Vatican is “taking a constructive role in one of the most promising areas of medical research”. As chairman and chief executive of her own company, Dr. Robin Smith is … Continue reading

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Peter Hitchens on William Lane Craig, Richard Dawkins, and a debate that won’t take place

‘Does Richard Dawkins exist?  The noted foe of religion seems set to be absent (despite many requests that he take part) from a planned debate with William Lane Craig, a leading American Christian philosopher (a number of other anti-God blowhards … Continue reading

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The writing life of science and theology author Sir John Polkinghorne

‘He is usually in his study by eight a.m., a room packed floor to ceiling with more books than are found in many science or theology libraries.  On one table are stacks of paper — manuscripts he’s agreed to review, chapters … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: MIT physicist and atheist Alan Lightman on faith and Richard Dawkins

‘What troubles me about Dawkins’ pronouncements is his wholesale dismissal of religion and religious sensibility . . . In my opinion, Dawkins has a narrow view of faith . . . there are things we believe in that do not … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: G. K. Chesterton on science and the Fall of humanity

‘How could physical science prove that man is not depraved?  You do not cut a man  open to find his sins.  You do not boil him until he gives forth the unmistakable  green fumes of depravity.  How could physical science … Continue reading

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The Roman Catholic Church has its own version of science-denying Creationists: small group of geocentrists

Amazingly, there are still people out there who believe — for theological reasons i.e. biblical literalism — that the Earth is the center of the universe and the sun revolves around it: Supporters contend there is scientific evidence to support geocentrism, just as … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Mark Noll on Christianity, science and hasty conclusions

‘Many of the problems that have taken place in the so-called conflict between religion and science come from hasty conclusions.  Right back to the Middle Ages, we have a long series of purportedly new discoveries in nature.  The response by … Continue reading

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Study shows that education is a way to counter both religious and secular fundamentalism

Study: Education liberalizes religious views The old wisdom: The more educated you are, the less likely you will be religious. The old myth, not wisdom. But a new study says education doesn’t drive people away from God – it gives them … Continue reading

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World-renowned scientist Francis Collins speaks out against “angry atheists using science as a club”

Francis Collins decries ‘angry atheists’ in science Calling conflicts between religion and science “overstated,” National Institutes of Health chief Francis Collins complained Tuesday that vocal atheists are giving the U.S. public a false impression of science.

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Quote of the day: David Wenham on the Apostle Paul, Adam and creation

‘What was Paul’s view exactly about how the world was created?  What was his scientific point of view?  Now, Paul was somebody who lived in the first century, and Paul did not understand modern science.  When he thought about creation, … Continue reading

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Today’s Google doodle celebrates the life of the Augustinian friar and scientist Gregor Mendel

July 20th, 2011: Gregor Mendel’s 189th Birthday

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Quote of the day: Dr. John Polkinghorne on the first chapters of Genesis

‘The Bible is very important to me, but it is very important to recognize that the Bible is not a book.  The Bible is a library.  It has all sorts of different kinds of writing in it — it has … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Dr. John Polkinghorne on the Christian doctrine of creation

‘The doctrine of creation isn’t about how things began, it’s about why things exist, what holds the world in being.  The Christian belief is that it is the will of God that holds the world in being.’ ~ Dr. John … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Denis Lamoureux on Adam and Eve and the foundational beliefs of Christianity

‘Adam [and Eve] never existed, and this fact has no impact whatsoever on the foundational beliefs of Christianity.’ ~ Denis Lamoureux, University of Alberta

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