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What is fine-tuning?

A 47 minute interview with George Ellis. 

Christianity's positive role in the formation of Western civilisation.

As I was finishing Nick Spencer’s The Evolution of the West, I happened to be in the same room with my mother on a Sunday afternoon. We’ve often exchanged books, so she asked what I was reading, and I showed her the cover, reading the subtitle to her, How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values. “Oh,” she said, “I always assumed that was true—that Christianity shaped how we think.”

ISCAST Fellow Ian Hore-Lacy has written a commentary on the Finkel review of Australia's National Electricity Market. Ian's article starts: "It is hard to see from a review of Australia's National Electricity Market how Australia can manage to balance cost, reliability and emissions without creating a role for nuclear energy, as in virtually all of its key economic competitor countries."

A letter in Nature, by University of Sydney academic Frank Nicholas, challenges the idea of a "chasm" between science and religion. The letter is here: 

ISCAST Executive Director Chris Mulherin returned recently from Perth where he gave various talks for Claremont Baptist Church, Scripture Union WA, Christ Church Grammar School (CCGS), and a combined Baptist Churches Youth event. His talks included a number on science and faith issues as well as addressing all the staff at CCGS and taking a school philosophy class. Copies of the talks and/or slides are available on request.

This article in Australia's Cosmos magazine brings news of a new preprint article supporting the idea that evolution h

ISCAST Distinguished Fellow Ken Freeman was honoured with the Companion of the Order of Australia in yesterday's Queen's Birthday honours list. Congratulations Ken from all ISCASTians. The article in The Australian reads as follows:

ISCAST Fellow, Graeme Clark has received another honour recognising his lifetime of service. Graeme is an ISCAST Distinguished Fellow who speaks often of the integration of his life of Christian faith and his vocation as a scientist. He also recognises the importance of ISCAST's work, saying recently, "I am impressed by ISCAST's approach to questions of faith and science.  This is an issue of great importance for people of all ages, and it is being extremely well addressed by ISCAST."

No, there are no new statistics about the origin of humans, but there are new statistics about what people believe about origins.

Chris Mulherin, our Executive Director has been busy.

ISCAST’s newest fellow, Prof. Peter Harrisonspeaks here on ABC RN’s Future Tense about the lack of trust in science. The solution is not to return to Enlightenment values but to understand the nature of science better, including its history and cultural setting. 

How should we read Genesis? Is Genesis meant to be a literal account of creation?

The latest issue of the ISCAST Digest, full of fascinating stories and resources, is now available for download.

Download Volume 9, Issue 1

Science is a deeply human activity that people have been doing long before the ‘scientific revolution’ a few hundred years ago – but then so is religion. Is there any evidence to suggest which came first?

Last week the new ABC irreligious religion program God Forbid run by James Carleton featured ISCAST Executive Director, Chris Mulherin, in conversation with Alice Klein, the Australian reporter for New Scientist.

ISCAST President Alan Gijsbers spoke recently at Tabor Adelaide on neuroscience and human identity.

Few people could have missed the advent of the "post-truth" age and the propagation of fake news. For Christians committed to truth and to the one who said "I am the truth," such attitudes can only be seen as cultural character flaws.

On ABC RN's The Spirit of Things, ISCAST Distinguished Fellow Ken Freeman talks at the World Science Festival Brisbane with Rachael Kohn, AC Grayling, and others. 

Prior to his 3 appearances at the 2017 World Science Festival in Brisbane, ISCAST Fellow Jon Clarke was interviewed by Emma Griffiths about his Mars experience on ABC Drive. ISCAST even gets a mention! (From 14 min on.)
The podcast of this interview is now available.

 

Tim and Lyn Beattie (ISCASTians in Melbourne) recently took a holiday with a difference. A cruise, in fact, where they offered some mental stimulation the fellow cruisers. We asked them to tell us briefly about the experience and how the talks were received.
 

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