Category: Science

From biophobia to biophilia: loving God through His creatures

One summer morning my 3-year-old son headed outside to ride his Big Wheel on our front sidewalk. He was “authorized” to ride the sidewalk between our house and our best friends’ house two doors down. We thought it was safe. A blood-curdling scream, tearful wails and a jackhammer pounding on the screen door indicated otherwise. “What’s the matter?  Are you okay?”  What…  [more]

Francis Collins on being a man of science and faith

National Geographic usually likes to stay above the fray, but the magazine dipped its toes into the faith-science debate with a March cover story entitled “Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science?” Encouragingly, part of that package was a brief interview with Francis Collins, a Christian and director of the National Institutes of Health. It’s a fairly surface-level conversation, but it does…  [more]

Mice in the image of God?

When Duke University scientists recently modified mice with human DNA, resulting in mice with larger brains, we learned something new about what makes humans unique. But does this discovery tell us anything about the way humans are made in the image of God? The sequence of a person’s DNA largely determines the biological make up of that person, yet discovering which part of the DNA gives us uniquely human…  [more]

Mars One and the way of the cross

The Mars One organization is moving forward on their plans to send four astronauts at a time on a one-way trip to Mars, beginning in 2024. The intention is for these explorers to do a real-time experiment in how humans might survive on other planets by building a permanent human settlement on Mars. Their tasks would include maintaining their facility, researching and growing their own food. Comedy Central’s…  [more]

Is climate engineering good creation care?

You may spend much of your days in a climate-controlled environment where the touch of a button or the turn of a dial will adjust the temperature. Could you imagine having such a thermostat for Earth’s climate? The planet is getting too warm, so let’s just dial back the temperature. Climate engineering – also referred to as geoengineering, climate intervention or climate hacking - is an attempt to…  [more]

Bringing pathos into the vaccination conversation

Do you think meat from genetically modified food is safe for human consumption? Do you think it is ethically acceptable to use animals in research? Do you think it’s safe to vaccinate children against measles? According to a new survey by the Pew Research Center, you likely answered in the affirmative to all three questions only if you are a scientist. The study found a wide gap between the beliefs of…  [more]

Bill Nye on the limits of religion

BioLogos, a nonprofit foundation seeking to highlight the harmony between science and Biblical faith, snagged an interview this week with Bill Nye, formerly “the Science Guy” and currently a vocal opponent of young-earth creationism. The result was an intriguing, if only partial, meeting of the minds. BioLogos’ Brad Kramer conducted the interview, and much of it seemed to be his gentle attempt to…  [more]

A theology of sleep

Editor’s note: In his continual search for God’s presence in the everyday, TC’s John Van Sloten recently preached about the providential gift of sleep. Perhaps a risky topic for a pastor speaking to a morning crowd – especially one who keeps the sanctuary lights down low during the sermon – but John managed nonetheless. “Sleep is where God proves that He is holding your…  [more]

Wiring the wild: animal exploitation or creation care?

While on a recent trip to India’s Periyar Tiger Reserve, my wife and I were told by our guides that approximately 48 tigers lived in or near the preserve, although sightings are quite rare. How then did they arrive at the number 48? Trail cameras snap motion-activated photos of the cats during their nighttime prowls. We’re getting used to being perpetually on-camera in the human realm. Now we’re…  [more]

Three-parent babies? Let’s not forget about begetting

Every few months, a story pops up about a new frontier in reproductive medical technologies: so-called “three-parent IVF.” NPR recently reported on efforts in Britain to allow embryos created via this technique to be transferred into women’s uteruses, while a New York Times Magazine cover article last summer focused on whether the Federal  Drug Administration would approve human clinical…  [more]

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