Creation & Evolution

Biblical creation: Over 20 creation accounts in the Bible?

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. In his book Faith and Wisdom in Science and in a blog post here, McLeish points to over 20 different references to creation, “all using different metaphors, pictures, language.”

Is Science Doomed to Leave Some Questions Unanswered?

"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. As successful as it has undeniably been, they say it cannot provide all the answers we seek."

Science journalist Dan Falk reports in Scientific American on the debate between physicsts and philosophers about the limits of science and whether we will ever solve certain mysteries of the universe and the human mind.

You can read the full article here.

Beyond Conflict: Evolution, Science and God – NZ conference late August

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?

For more information about this conference, take a look at this flyer, or at the NZCIS site.

 

 

 

Was the fall historical?

Will Jones considers the challenges to traditional understandings of the fall in the light of his view that "modern scientific understandings of human origins do not envisage any period when the natural world was not characterised by death or disease of various kinds."

America's Clergy Are Teaming Up With Scientists

"The [American Association for the Advancement of Science] had begun to wrestle with how they could address the country’s intensifying science-religion divide. The non-profit organization had become attuned to the fact that some Christians—and especially evangelicals—often went to religious leaders, instead of scientists, for answers to scientific questions. The society saw an opportunity: Educate future religious leaders in any and all things STEM."

Written by Rebecca Heilwe, this article looks at a program for scientific education among American clergy.

What Australian biology students think of God and evolution

This interesting survey posted by the ABC begins:
 
A long-term study of Australian biology students reveals how attitudes towards creationism and evolution have shifted.
The survey, published in the journal Evolution: Education and Outreach, was started 32 years ago by Mike Archer at the University of New South Wales.
"I wanted to know what percentage of our incoming university students held a [creationist] view, which in effect meant we were wasting our time trying to teach them about the science of evolution," Professor Archer said.
 

Pre-Modern readings of Genesis 1

To say, “I believe in the Church” is to embrace and live into a reality that precedes us, encompasses us, and continues beyond us. Indeed, if we are to truly be the Church in the present, I believe that it is incumbent on us to listen to those who have gone before us, and recognize that our own “here and now” is not the whole of the Christian story.

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