Posts tagged "religion and science"
Review: Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse

Review: Worlds Without End: The Many Lives of the Multiverse

Patrick Blanchfield reviews Mary-Jane Rubenstein's new book, Worlds Without End.
In the News: Biomemes, Voodoo, Elie Wiesel and more!

In the News: Biomemes, Voodoo, Elie Wiesel and more!

A round-up of recent religion and media stories in the news.

Calvaryism

The New York Times’ Carolyn Marshall does an admirable job of refereeing in her latest story, about a pending lawsuit between parents from the Calvary Chapel Christian School, in Murrieta, California, and the University of California, over a set of Christian-themed courses taught at Calvary that weren’t certified as acceptable foundation courses for students applying...

Kansas: The Truth is Out There

Nearly ten months after the Kansas State Board of Education proposed altering the definition of “science” for statewide standards, removing the phrase, “Science is the human activity of seeking natural explanations for what we observe in the world around us,” in order to remove bias towards “non-theistic belief systems,” the measure has been approved, reports...

Australian Design

All this past year, Australian culture wars have been following the U.S. playbook faithfully, erupting over gay marriage, public religiosity, and prison salvations just as, or just after, did America. Intelligent Design is apparently no different, and Australia’s Campus Crusade for Christ has announced that it intends to freely distribute copies of a pro-design DVD...

No Compromise

Intelligent Design earns another foe, this time from a less-obvious place. Fr. George Coyne, director of the Vatican Observatory and astronomical research and educational division of the Church, has dismissed Intelligent Design for dismissing God — for trying so hard to secularize the key concept of a “designer,” so that it doesn’t come across as...

Deep Space Salvation

Catchy headlines, catchier content: Ruth Gledhill reports that The Catholic Truth Society’s new Explanations series contains the work of a papal astonomer who asserts that extra-terrestrial life, if found, will have already found Christ. Or at least, presumably, have been given the chance to do so.

Heavens Above! (Politics Below)

Nick Street asks why Christian conservative media is so literally down to earth. Does Pat Robertson dig the Hubble Space Telescope as much as I do? Not hardly. In fact, a search of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s website yields not one hit on the name “Hubble.” Not one! “So what?” you may ask. In the...

A Heretic’s Zoology

Everyone’s a blasphemer these days, including Rabbi Nosson Slifkin, an ultra-Orthodox Israeli scholar and Talmudic zoologist who has written nine books attempting to reconcile Jewish Scripture with natural science. Slifkin, The New York Times reports, isn’t trying to debunk much, but has expressed some calm skepticism about certain stories in the Torah, the Talmud, and other sacred...

23 August 2004 Daily Links

With regard to the swift boat controversy, a quick lesson in kairos from the greatest American pagan writer, William Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” — Requiem for a Nun. The Supreme Court rejects Michael Newdow’s appeal to reopen his case challenging the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance. Read more. A devout...

21 August 2004 Daily Links

Show yourself: David Adam, science correspondent for The Guardian, reports on the announcement yesterday of a multi-national group of scientists who plan to create a new, gigantic atom smashing machine called the international linear collider, priced at 3 billion pounds. What for? To make the God particle (a.k.a. the Higgs boson particle) reveal itself in an explosion...

22 July 2004 Daily Links

You can’t expect to find nuanced discussion of the role of religion in the lefty Nation, but occasionally you will find facts that’ll help you understand the big religion stories of the day. One of the biggest in recent years — mostly overlooked by the secular press — has been the mobilization of Christian evangelicals who...