“Religion and science can have a true dialogue” says Nature journal

The journal Nature is not prone to publish a lot about religion and science, so this one is unusual. Lots of comments from the religious and the not-so. Interesting to note the tone of the different comments. … Continue reading

The white noise of secularism …

“The reason we live in a culture increasingly without faith is not because science has somehow disproved the unprovable, but because the white noise of secularism has removed the very stillness in which it might endure or be reborn.” The … Continue reading

Categories of creationist…and their views on science

This article tries to clarify the categories of creationism for the uninitiated reader. As usual with such things it caused a vigorous comments storm between those who think science is the be all and end all, and those with more … Continue reading

Living (or dying?) with disability

Francesca Joynt writes: “A little while ago I asked my mother the question that most mothers hesitate in answering:  “When you had me, did you think about abortion?” … When it comes to caring for or raising a child who … Continue reading

Another appalling indictment of Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers

Here’s another sad, sad story told by an expert about Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers. Our policies are likened to torture: designed to induce dreadful suffering. … Continue reading

John Stackhouse last night on Q&A—God, politics and Islam

Quote #1 JOHN STACKHOUSE: As a Christian myself, I think that the idea that Christians run the country, well, we’ve had a chance to do that a number of times over the last 2,000 years and the record is pretty … Continue reading

We humans are not just a blank slate, but science can’t unearth the mystery

Steven Pinker’s 2002 book The Blank Slate: The modern denial of human nature was enormously popular and acclaimed. Why is it important? It’s important for the sake of humanity to preserve the view that there are some values and practices … Continue reading

Exterminating the Nasara

If you don’t know about ISIS and the sad tale of the destruction of some of the world’s oldest Christian communities, you should. Here. … Continue reading

Evil man or consistent reasoning?

Judge Garry Neilsen has recently suggested that sexual relations between consenting adults who are brother and sister might be found acceptable by a jury. Such is the logic of individual liberty (‘as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone’) that denies … Continue reading

“The business card is not who you are…”

Mark Scott runs the ABC. And he’s an unapologetic Christian. This article/interview at Eternity offers an insight into how he integrates his faith and a job where he exercises enormous power. … Continue reading

Big bangs and the multiverse: science or pseudoscience?

This article is an interesting intro to cosmology and also to philosophy of science. If the multiverse theory of the origin of our, and other, universes is ultimately untestable, is it science? Quote: “The inflationary paradigm is fundamentally untestable and … Continue reading

Doing the right thing for the wrong reason…

…is the highest form of treason, said TS Eliot. (And doubly so because of the pun!) The European right rejects Christian convictions but wants Europe to be Christian. The article is here and here’s a smidgen: The European right is … Continue reading

One for the boys

Here’s one for the ‘boys’, sent in by a Grist reader. Read, learn, mark, inwardly digest, spit out the dross, and if the cap fits, wear it. And if you are prone to be reactive about such things, perhaps recognise … Continue reading

Genes, evolution and God

Here’s an intro to genetics and a Christian scientist’s response to the evidence for evolution. … Continue reading

The Church is wrong?

This article is about a new book, which says the Christian church is wrong about human sexuality. The article is interesting for two reasons: firstly because of the issues and arguments around sexuality; secondly because it highlights the place of … Continue reading