related magisteria

Whether or not one agrees with Gould’s famous dictum that Religion and Science are Non-Overlapping Magisteria, it occurs to me that unless a given Religion says absolutely nothing at all about the things which Science also investigates, then at least they will be related. A far better question, of course, is how they might be… Continue reading related magisteria

2009 gifford lectures

The 2009 Gifford Lectures, “A Fine-Tuned Universe: Science, Theology and the Quest for Meaning”, presented by Alister McGrath, are all up online in PDF format. 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… Continue reading 2009 gifford lectures

on science/faith blogging…

miscellaneous thoughts… if the time we spend is to be at all worthwhile, we need to accept that words matter enough to use them and work at our use of them (some key words in science/faith include: ‘knowledge’, ‘evidence’, ‘explanation’, ‘natural’, ‘reality’, etc). it occurs to me that aiming for mutual understanding is infinitely more… Continue reading on science/faith blogging…

ben on bart

“Holy rusted metal, BArT ehrMAN!”  (yes, I just typed that; many cheese-ness awards shall I win…) ;) Respected (and prolific! given the rate he publishes blogs and books!) New Testament Scholar Ben Witherington III is doing an astoundingly in-depth review of Bart Ehrman’s ‘Jesus Interrupted’ (parts 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 and 5)… Continue reading ben on bart

A.N. Wilson – slowly believing again

So – author and historian A.N. Wilson, who in the 80’s declared himself an atheist (formerly Catholic and Church of England), and who wrote a biography of Jesus has recently announced his slow, patient and critical return to Christian faith. ((Having not quite yet read the article, I blame N.T. Wright – given his kind,… Continue reading A.N. Wilson – slowly believing again

the future of atheism

I’ve checked out a book from the Carey Baptist library that’s proving to be very interesting: The Future of Atheism: Alister McGrath & Daniel Dennett in Dialogue It’s essentially a written copy of a 2007 conference including the McGrath/Dennett debate and the other papers presented – plus a few additional chapters and an introduction by… Continue reading the future of atheism

tansaa events in 2009

TANSAA (Theology and Natural Sciences Aotearoa Auckland – a group emerging from Laidlaw–Carey Graduate School) is finalising their programme for 2009, and it’s looking great. I’m particularly chuffed about the Conference planned for August 1, hosted by my church, Northcote Baptist.  Details:

bob white in new zealand

Cambridge Geophysicist, Professor Robert (Bob) White is coming to New Zealand to take part in 3 events. The first and second are the same talk both in Wellington and Auckland – a Christian Response to Global Warming (I’m planning on attending the Auckland talk).  For the third event (which I am sad to miss, due… Continue reading bob white in new zealand