Science

“Protestantism didn’t hold back science – it revolutionised its methods, its theoretical content and its social significance.”

"So says Australian scholar Peter Harrison of the University of Queensland, the author of The Bible, Protestantism, and the Rise of Natural Science (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and Science Without God?:  Rethinking the History of Scientific Naturalism (Oxford University Press, 2019)." - Gene Veith

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Meet the xenobot: world's first living, self-healing robots created from frog stem cells

"These are novel living machines," said Joshua Bongard, one of the lead researchers at the University of Vermont, in the news release. "They're neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. It's a new class of artifact: a living, programmable organism." - CNN

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Review: Alister McGrath's new book on Einstein and God

"Can Einstein bring us closer to God’s view of the world? Oxford University’s Alister McGrath takes up this question in his book, A Theory of Everything (That Matters): A Brief Guide to Einstein, Relativity, and His Surprising Thoughts on God. McGrath—who holds advanced degrees in theology, intellectual history, and molecular biophysics—is a leading light in the dialogue of faith and science." - Christianity Today

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Science as “Fake News”? An Interview with Neuroscientist Robert James Sutherland

"The relative lack of messages from those doing science, or from good science journalists, leaves the marketplace open for messages from other sources and outlets that are talking about science. These sources generally have interests that are independent of science or are often increasingly opposed to science." - Paul Lewis Metzger

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Reason, Faith and the Struggle for Western Civilization: A Review

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by Samuel Gregg
Gateway Editions 2019
Hardcover 256

A month or two ago, I came across Samuel Gregg’s book while perusing items at Acton.org, and the title caught my eye. In my personal efforts to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5), I’ve frequently felt that I don’t yet have an adequate understanding of the relationship between faith and reason, and by extension, the relationship between the sciences and Scripture.

The book didn’t take me where I hoped to go on that topic. It did, however, provide an interesting and enjoyable survey of the history of Western thought, and one of the better interpretations of the role of reason and Christianity in Western thought.

Samuel Gregg is the director of research at the Acton Institute and has degrees in philosophy from the University of Melbourne (MA) and Oxford (PhD). Though he has written a pile of books, mostly on economics, his focus in this volume is more history-focused than I expected. Though the hardcover edition has 256 pages, I also felt that it ended at just about the point where there should have been several more chapters on various views of the relationship between faith and reason and analysis of supporting arguments—as well as more consideration of potential strategies for preserving what remains of Western Civilization.

Chapters six and seven do address these topics, and they aren’t a bad start, but I was hoping for a deeper and more comprehensive exploration.

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Bioethics panel: Why ignoring ethics yields horrors, abuses; media deceives about human costs

"During her presentation Lee highlighted the world's first ever human-monkey hybrid that was grown in a laboratory in China, CRISPR gene editing technology, and the research done on 'humanized mice,' which utilizes tissue obtained from aborted human fetuses." - Christian Post

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Does the Bible teach Big Bang cosmology?

"One of the most popular articles I have written is 'Big Bang—The Bible Taught It First!' . . . In the two decades since then, one of the most common objections I have received from skeptics is that the Bible teaches no such thing. Who is correct?" - Hugh Ross

Somewhat Related, at AiG: Massive Galaxies in the Early Universe

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