ISCAST News

Wicked Problems: A Personal and Painful Journey by Richard Gijsbers

Richard Gijsbers BForSc (Melb), DipFor (Cres) is an ISCAST Fellow. 

In the 1970s social planners vented their frustration about complex social problems. Why couldn't we close the gap between indigenous people’s health and that of the rest of us? It was not for lack of trying. Why is protecting nature so difficult? Is the problem with Climate Change really only about “Goodies” vs “Baddies”? Why will we always have the poor with us? Problems like these simply will not go away!

Putting Procrustes to Bed: Newton, Voluntarism and the Development of Science by Robert Brennan

“Foster’s voluntarism hypothesis” is the term often used to name a widely used argument that Foster developed in three papers in the 1930s on the relationship between theology and the development of modern science. It is a complex argument that is not always coherent nor necessarily internally consistent. Nevertheless, this theory is often cited to purportedly explain the influence of Christian theology on the development of modern science. It has often been used as an interpretive tool in relation to Isaac Newton’s understanding of science and the development of science.

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.”

Andrew Sloane on dementia, identity and philosophical theology

ISCAST fellow Andrew Sloane, from Morling College in Sydney, has two articles published in the October 2019 issue of Science and Christian Belief on various aspects of dementia, identity and theology. The articles require a subscription to access, however the abstracts are copied below. Some of Andrew's writing, including a tantalisingly titled piece called "On The Physics of the Resurrection," 

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