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The importance of realism in assessing technological possibilities: The role of Christian thinking
Gareth Jones, June 2013.


Peter G.H. Clarke explores the controversy around the Libet experiment.

Abstract: A famous experiment of Benjamin Libet and his colleagues has been interpreted as showing that our brains initiate voluntary movements before we are aware of having decided to move, and that this calls into question the efficacy of our wills.These claims have contested by many neuroscientists and philosophers. 

Denis Alexander writes on the Biologos Forum on the theological implications of human genomics.

The tenth anniversary of the human genome has been marked by some striking new genetic insights into human evolution and diversity. Do these new discoveries have any significance for the dialogue between science and religion in general, or for our sense of human uniqueness in particular?

Does it matter that people who have had near-heaven experiences are confused theologically, so long as good news is preached?

Mark Galli writes in Christianity Today, "This to me is the great redeeming characteristic of near-heaven experiences. Despite their varied accounts and sometimes confused theology, there are moments when it is apparent that many of these people have had a remarkable encounter with the living God revealed in Jesus Christ."

The 2012 Gifford Lectures featuring Denis Alexander are available to view online.


George F. R. Ellis, Denis Noble and Timothy O'Connor discuss top-down causation.

This issue of the journal is focused on ‘top-down (downward) causation'. The words in this title, however, already raise or beg many questions. Causation can be of many kinds. They form our ways of ordering our scientific understanding of the world, all the way from the reductive concept of cause as elementary objects exerting forces on each other, through to the more holistic concept of attractors towards which whole systems move, and to adaptive selection taking place in the context of an ecosystem.

Do we have souls?Tim O'Connor ask whether we have a soul.

Plato taught that the soul is a simple immaterial thing that relates to the human body (brain included) as a captain to a ship. The person is a soul, the bearer of all psychological capacities and the fount of purposive action. It has a body as a vehicle for acting upon this world, until death severs its ties and it continues on forever, as something that is naturally indestructible and so immortal.

Free WillAlvin Plantinga reviews Sam Harris' book, Free Will. "Sam Harris claims that free will is an illusion. What we ordinarily believe in this neighborhood, he says, is completely mistaken: "You will do whatever it is you do, and it is meaningless to assert that you could have done otherwise"; "we know that determinism, in every sense relevant to human behavior, is true." Doesn't that imply that we human beings are not responsible for what we do?"


Biblical Anthropology and its Impact on Addiction Care.
Presented by Associate Professor Alan Gijsbers at the ISCAST Vic Intensive 2010


103941Do we need to rethink the Pill?
Presented by Dr. Denise Cooper-Clarke at the ISCAST Vic Intensive 2010


1237146Research Ethics: How does ‘believing the Bible’ affect the way a scientist does science?
Presented by Andrew Wood at the ISCAST Vic Intensive 2010


On the Fixity and Fluidity of Species
Presented by Brian Edgar at the ISCAST Vic Intensive 2010


Technological inroads into the beginnings of human life: Social, ethical and religious repercussions
Presented by Professor Gareth Jones at the ISCAST Vic Intensive 2010


Professor D. Gareth Jones - ISCAST Victoria Annual Lecture
Date: Friday 29 October 2010
Venue: Queen's College, Melbourne


 Dr Ian McFarlane:  ISCAST (NSW) / CASE Meeting 
Date: 23 August, 2010
Venue: Main Meeting Room, New College, NSW


Review of "The Faraday Papers" (various authors)
Ian Hore-Lacy, August 2010.


Prof Darrel Falk:  ISCAST (NSW) / CASE Meeting 
Date: 15 June, 2006
Venue: Christ Church Anglican, St Ives, NSW


The Implications of Creating Synthetic Life - Radio Interview
Brian Edgar, May 2010.


Science and an unlikely God
Prof. Simon Conway Morris, September 2009
Source: CPX


Starfish, Octopuses and the uniqueness of Humans
Prof. Simon Conway Morris, September 2009
Source: CPX


Dr Graeme Finlay on Science and Theology
Date: September 2009


Dr. Graeme Finlay:  ISCAST (NSW) - CASE Lecture 
Date: 17 September, 2009
Venue: New College, University of NSW


Biotheology: Theology, Ethics and the New Biotechnologies
Brian Edgar, July 2009.


Genetics and Bioethics
Dr Francis Collins, August 2008


Review of Simon Conway Morris' book 'Life's Solution: Inevitable Humans In A Lonely Universe'
Robert Stening, June 2009.


Professor D. Gareth Jones:  ISCAST (NSW) - CASE Lecture 
Date: 29 May, 2009
Venue: New College, University of NSW


Review of Francis Collins' book 'The Language of God'
Ian Hore-Lacy, March 2009.


Stem Cells (August 2006)
Gregory Pike, September 2006.


Death of Science?
Bruce Craven, November 2003 


Ethics, Experiments and Embryos: A Christian's Observations on the Embryonic Stem Cell Debate
Brian Edgar, April 2003


Biotechnology and Medical Ethics: Thinking biblically about contemporary medicine
Allan J Day, April 2002


Theological Responses to Contemporary Biology
Allan J Day, March 2002



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