Category: Science

Stephen Hawking and the body of Christ

In an interesting article in the June edition of Epic magazine, Helene Mialet writes about people’s response to her 10-year ethnographic study of the social fabric (people and machines) that surround Stephen Hawking and allow him to be the Stephen Hawking we recognize and respect. As an ethnographer, Mialet is interested in how Hawking’s ability to do what he does as a scientist is dependent…  [more]

Humbled by Pluto

After traveling 3.6 billion miles, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft came within 7,700 miles of Pluto last week, sending us close-up images of that dwarf planet for the first time. The pictures shed new, surprising insight, including huge mountains likely made of water ice. There were also no impact craters on the surface of Pluto, indicating that the surface is (relatively) young. Another surprise was that…  [more]

Asking hard questions about embryo adoption

As I scrolled through my Facebook feed this past Father’s Day, I saw photos of married dads, divorced dads and single dads; of dads caring for their biological children, adopted children and stepchildren. I saw, in other words, the diversity of families in contemporary America. Families today are created and configured in ways that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago. This diversity is due to…  [more]

Has a line been crossed in regard to human DNA?

A paper published last month moved a hypothetical bioethics exercise toward an ethical emergency. Researchers in China used a state-of-the-art technology that gives us the ability to edit mistakes in our DNA. The technology, with the eye-catching name CRISPR, has been used in human cells and mouse embryos. So far, CRISPR seems to be able to edit the genome correctly in some cells, some of the time. This particularly…  [more]

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]

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