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James Gregory Lectures podcast

We have just launched a podcast for our series of James Gregory Lectures (www.jamesgregory.org.uk):https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/james-gregory-lectures-on/id917410241?mt. These include lectures on science and religion from such figures as John Polkinghorne, N.T. Wright, David Wilkinson, John Humphreys, Denis Alexander, Keith Ward, Ken Miller, Pauline Rudd.... and there will be many more to come.

Scientists turn to Pope Francis and world’s religions to save the planet

Forget past arguments over Darwin or Galileo – scientists set sights on unlikely alliance with the world’s religious leaders to combat climate change.

It has been one of the most fraught relationships of recent centuries, at least in the popular imagination.
But a group of scientists are pinning their hopes for the salvation of the planet, in the face of climate change and habitat destruction - on religion.

In the Beginning Was Laughter

What does joy look like, and from where does it come?

We tend to think about what God is like in relation to us. God is love because he loves us despite our sin. God can be angry because he hates to see sin destroy the people he created. But are God’s so-called emotions entirely dependent on us and what we do? Does not God have a life within himself? Of course. In Proverbs 8—a passage that extols wisdom—we see a surprising picture of what was going on within the Trinity before sin ever entered the world.

Where’s the proof in science? There is none

UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Those people looking for proof to come from any research in science will be sadly disappointed.

As an astrophysicist, I live and breathe science. Much of what I read and hear is couched in the language of science which to outsiders can seem little more than jargon and gibberish. But one word is rarely spoken or printed in science and that word is “proof”. In fact, science has little to do with “proving” anything.

Professor Suzanne Cory on the need for female scientists

In the final 2014 Boyer Lecture, Professor Suzanne Cory addressed Australia’s other brain drain—the lack of women at science’s highest levels. The former head of the Australian Academy of Science says we need to engage girls early and make room for female scientists to have families, writes Maria Tickle. [Source: ABC RN]

 

Christians in Science book sale

Christians in Science have had a couple of big book orders in the last few weeks - it's so good to be able to resource you as you think, pray, and talk your way through lots of science-faith topics! There's still stock left though, you can find it at http://tinyurl.com/q2gfzt8 and email Emily on do@cis.org.uk

 

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Evolution, God and the problem of evil

Cambridge palaeobiologist Simon Conway Morris explains why he accepts evolution and how he reconciles it with belief in a creator God.

 

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Palliative Care: What It Is and What It Is Not

An interesting article on palliative care on ethos.org.au

Palliative care has its modern roots in the UK with the establishment of St Christopher’s Hospice in 1967 by (Dame) Cecily Saunders. Saunders had become concerned about poor medical care being provided to dying hospital patients. With the developments occurring in medicine at that time, the focus had shifted away from the needs of those who could no longer benefit from the evolving technology and life-saving treatment.

Categories of creationists… and their views on science

An article on The Conversation by Chris Mulherin

John Long provoked a comments barrage on The Conversation last week after defending the theory of evolution in the face of creationist views. Unfortunately, while some of the comments were thoughtful, others were dogmatic statements of position, mostly against vaguely and misunderstood “creationism”.

Event: Bridging the Two Cultures

Date: July 2015 and July 2016

The seminars will focus on the need for participants to develop the interdisciplinary skills and understanding central to the field of science and religion, within the unique setting of Oxford.

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