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Theology and Science

I’m sure everyone at KEDS will be interested to hear about Mike Brownnutt, one of our students in the third year of his master’s course. Mike, who already holds a PhD in Physics from Imperial College, London, has recently finished running a three week course at Hong Kong University, in collaboration with the Faith and Global Engagement Initiative, entitled “Belief in Science and Religion.” Slides for this may be found at; http://beta.gened.hku.hk/archive

Following this, on 13th March, Mike gave a lecture at an interdisciplinary workshop for the Department of Christian Philosophy at the University of Innsbruck, entitled; “Determinism/ Indeterminism in Nature: Agency, Genetics, Quantum Mechanics.” The workshop website is here:
http://www.uibk.ac.at/philtheol/powers/conferences/workshop_determinism.html.

Mike currently lives in Innsbruck, Austria with his wife and two children (they have a third child due at the end of March). In between writing his thesis, looking after his family, and giving interdisciplinary lectures in far-flung places, Mike is busy as an assistant professor of experimental quantum mechanics at the University of Innsbruck. When asked if he had any encouraging words for other students, Mike replied; ‘A spouse that supports you is worth more than their weight in gold. Hold on to them!’

I’m sure everyone juggling families, work and studies will want to add a heart-felt ‘Amen’ to his words, and wish Mike all the best for his future work and ministry.

Are You a Homophobic Bigot?

I wonder how many readers of this blog heard last week’s Any Questions (BBC Radio 4, 8pm, Friday 8th Feb 2013). The panel for the evening included feminist Julie Bindel. Ms Bindel describes herself as a ‘radical feminist, not the fun kind but an out and out proud lesbian.’ As the topic of ‘gay marriage’ is hot in the news at the moment, I listened carefully to her comments. Ms Bindel began by saying that ‘those who are opposed to equal marriage are either ‘homophobic, bigoted or are on nodding terms with bigots’ and commented that being against gay marriage is ‘gross discrimination’. Read more »

Instant Evolution!?

This morning, I listened to BBC Radio 4’s Midweek programme (10/10/2012, 9 am) with Libby Purves. One of her guests was Jan Beccaloni, the Curator of Arachnida and Myriapoda at the Natural History Museum (UK). Ms Beccaloni is also the conservation officer for the British Arachnological Society.

The discussion largely centred around such things as flies and scorpions. Libby Purves commented that these kinds of creatures were often found fossilized in amber and that they haven’t changed much over millions of years. Ms Beccaloni, referring specifically to scorpions, replied (and I quote); ‘They were obviously very highly evolved for their habitats initially.’

Now, I’m not claiming to be a six day creationist, nor do I particularly believe that evolution somehow disproves the Christian message. But can some kind person explain to this ageing dunce what Ms Beccaloni’s reply might mean?

Put On Your Sunday Clothes?

Many years ago, most people used to dress in their best clothes when attending church services on Sundays. In many modern churches, this practice has stopped, and indeed, it seems that many people ‘dress down’ when going to church, wearing jeans, tee-shirt, trainers etc. The song ‘Put on Your Sunday Clothes’ from the musical Hello, Dolly! must have become meaningless to most modern churchgoers. Read more »

The Coalition for Marriage

There is currently a move afoot in Britain to change the definition of marriage. Those in this country who wish to show their opposition can do so by signing the petition organised by the Coalition for Marriage. http://c4m.org.uk/?ci020312

For far too long in this country, Christians have sat back and allowed minority groups to so change our society that to even hold to traditional Christian values is now seen by many as ‘wrong’ or even (as I recently heard on a BBC Radio 4 phone in programme) evil! Here is at least one chance to join together with all like-minded Christians and make our protest known.

The End of God? (BBC4 at 8pm, 10th November, 2011)

As is often the case with modern documentaries on science and religion, this one seemed designed from the outset to try and destroy any remaining faith people may have in a supreme being. Dr Thomas Dixon, the presenter, informed us at the very outset that: ‘in the battle between science and religion, it would seem that science has won the war. Is there any room left for God.?’

Naturally, we were treated to the story of Galileo and his telescope proving the church wrong. His telescope, said Dixon, was ‘more reliable than the bible’. This is because ‘at the heart of scientific knowledge are observation and logic’. Scientists ‘make hypotheses and test them time and again against the evidence’. For poor old faith, there is just ‘revelation – direct communication from God.’ Read more »