Based on the excellent initial response to the EPO team support request through pledged support from ISCAST members and meeting our interim target, the board has decided to go ahead with hiring an ISCAST Executive Project Officer for 2014. Job description is available on request. We will advertise for the position soon.
CALL FOR PRESENTERS NOW OPEN
Annual Lecture - "Putting Science in its Place: Deepening the Public Conversation about Climate Change"
Symposium - "Putting Science in its Place: the Role of Science and Technology in Confronting Today’s Environmental Crises"
Event: "How To Make Up your Own Mind" a reflection by Prof. Andrew Wood
Date: Saturday 10 May 2014
Time: meal at 6:30pm (bring your own 'brain' food to share), presentation starting at 8:00pm
Venue: Quartel's House, 2a Barloa Road, Mont Albert
Lecture Title: "Modern developments in archaeology and the Bible record”
Date: Thursday 15th May 2014 at 7.30 pm.
Speaker: Dr Karin Sowada, BArch, PhD
Cost: Donation of $15 ($5 for pensioners and students) towards expenses of meetings would be much appreciated.
Attend RE:THINKING A Public Faith featuring renowned Yale theologian Miroslav Volf, author of A Public Faith and Exclusion and Embrace.
Join Tim Costello, John Dickson, Mark Sayers, Mark Scott, Melinda Tankard Reist and others to discuss ideas that have the potential to reshape our world.
In this Facebook age of “friending” anyone and everyone, it is incumbent on the church to articulate a rich and accessible theology of friendship for the world. Dr. Brian Edgar [fellow of ISCAST] has done it in God is Friendship: A Theology of Spirituality, Community and Society. The book explores friendship as spiritual formation, as the life of the church, and as a public good.
Are we nearing the end of science? That is, are we running out of answerable questions, leaving us with only some mop-up duty, working around the edges of the great scientific achievements of Darwin, Einstein, Copernicus, et al.?
The rise of the New Atheism has stimulated a new interest in Christian apologetics, both in the academy and the churches. The appeal to science in the writings of leading 'New Atheists', such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, is reflected in two apologetic strategies.
A newly published study reveals that many of the super-Earth planets discovered in the last twenty years may have captured the equivalent of between 100 and 1000 times the hydrogen in the Earth’s oceans, but may only lose a few percent of it over their lifetime, making it almost impossible for life as we know it to exist.
...The siege took place in a school, and few could forget the harrowing images of the hall, in which the children were assembled, being rigged with explosives and flanked by armed terrorists. Humphrys’ question was blunt and to the point: ‘Where was God yesterday morning?’ Williams’ response and the ensuing discussion were played to the audience...
From the Huffington Post:
...Rochelle was a high school biology student who was excited about the advances in genetics... However, when her church youth leader told her that there were too many gaps in the fossil record to believe evolution... Rochelle's sense of direction began to waver. If she became a medical researcher, would she have to give up her Christian friends?
The written version and also a video of the last James Gregory Lecture by Tom Wright on "Can a Scientist Trust the New Testament?" can now be found at
Next Wednesday 12 March will be our first Archbishop's Conversation for the year, and it's an opportunity to reflect on the practical steps Australians can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
Have you visited the ISCAST Online Journal lately?
Papers are available for you to download in the form of articles, opinions, reviews, reflections and discussions.