On the 5th day, God filled the skies and seas with all kinds of sky-life (‘every sort of winged bird’) and sea-life (‘swarms of living creatures’). Everything that flies through the sky. Everything that lives in the sea. A few points: Continue reading “pre-fall death”
Cheers to Bryson for directing me to an essay, which I discovered was one over several over at The John Templeton Foundation.
The essays are comprised answers to ‘big questions’ from a variety of perspectives – theist, atheist and agnostic. They make for interesting reading whatever your beliefs are.
Some other bits which may be of interest to some readers include:
- “Does Evolution Explain Human Nature?“
- Debates between contributers to the Science/Belief essay (Christopher Hitchens v. Ken Miller; Jerome Groopman v. Michael Shermer; and Steven Pinker v. William D. Phillips).
- A Brief interview with (physicist/cosmologist) Paul Davies concerning multiverse theory
- assorted video content (look for it) :)
Thanks, Ian Luxmoore…
…for a friendly, respectful, engaging and thoroughly enjoyable conversation about life, god, the universe, morality and all the rest.
The Christian response to the ‘Faithful Science’ day-conference have been mixed.
Most of the appreciative and complementary feedback has been email or verbal. As for the less-appreciative feedback, unfortunately it’s been more public.
First, the Christian newspaper “Challenge Weekly” published a (to say it kindly) selective and less-than-inaccurate piece entitled “Conference fuels Controversy” (which can be viewed here – scroll down about half way), which, among other things, made the bizarre and out-of-left-field claim that some of the presenters held views more like Deism (which was anything but the case).
Predictably, the “letters to the editor” section in subsequent issues have been spotted with a handful of readers who were concerned/shocked by the conference. And, also not a surprise, a fresh write-up by CMI (Creation Ministries International) was subsequently published (here), entitled “Genesis not a Myth”, warning against a roadway to “spiritual disaster”.
The CMI article is also up here at their own website in very similar format, though more specifically targeting the Faithful Science conference.
I’ve offerred a couple of responses to Challenge, hoping to a) correct factual errors, b) help to clarify relevant issues, and c) challenge (no pun intended) readers to be more patient, and not assume what “those christian evolutionists” actually believe. Also, I’ve responsed to the CMI article and am hoping for some positive interaction there.
Also, I’ve had some dialogue (which is absolutely exemplary in terms of tone, patience, etc.) with an I.D. advocate who is a member of my church and attended the conference.
Here’s to (hopefully!) fruitful dialogue and interaction in the next… however long. :)
Announcing “Faithful Science“…
A one-day Science & Faith conference – coming August 1.
Speakers and topics: Continue reading “faithful science”
Mark your calendars and register!
TANSA (Theology and the Natural Sciences Aotearoa) presents:
The Theological Meaning of Evolution
Conference to celebrate and interact with Darwin.
Thursday June 25th at 7pm to Saturday June 27th at 6pm
Key Note Speaker: Dr. Christopher Southgate, author of The Groaning of Creation University of Exeter
Local Speakers: Assoc. Prof. Ruth Barton (Auckland), Assoc. Prof. John Stenhouse (Otago), Assoc. Prof. Peter Lineham (Massey), Dr. John Owens (Good Shepherd), Dr. Grant Gillett (Otago), Prof. Neil Broom (Auckland), Dr. Stephen Downs (Flinders), Rev.Hugh Bowron (Holy Trinity) and theologians from Laidlaw Carey.
Contact Nicola @ nicolahc (at) laidlaw (dot) ac (dot) nz for details
Please click here for poster, and registration form.
(copied from here)
Over at xenos theology, Jonathan Robinson draws out attention to:
- 5 ebooks on evolution and Christian belief – summing up 2 years of blogging/commenting at this blog (see links to ebooks on right side-bar).
- this book review of this book: The Bible, Rocks and Time: Geological Evidence for the Age of the Earth by Davis A. Young and Ralph F. Stearley.
- that is all (cool how I made 2 things look like 4, huh?) :)
Lecture 1: Yearning to make sense of things – 2009 Gifford Lecture 1.pdf
Lecture 2: Why we still need natural theology – 2009 Gifford Lecture 2.pdf
Lecture 3: The mystery of the constants of nature – 2009 Gifford Lecture 3.pdf
Lecture 4: The enigmas of evolutionary biology – 2009 Gifford Lecture 4.pdf
Lecture 5: Natural theology and the quest for meaning – 2009 Gifford Lecture 5.pdf
Lecture 6: Conclusion: clues to the meaning of the universe? – 2009 Gifford Lecture 6.pdf
Also in book form: A Fine-Tuned Universe: The Quest for God in Science and Theology