Category: Science & Technology

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]

Ex Machina and what it (might) mean to be human

What makes us human? And how is that related to the way we’re made in God’s image? These are perennial questions that tantalizingly linger along the edges of the new science-fiction thriller Ex Machina, my favorite film of the year thus far. Written and directed by Alex Garland, who brings a cool mercilessness to the proceedings, Ex Machina imagines the birth of artificial intelligence in the form of a…  [more]

The new technology of social justice

In his seminal book The Prophets, Jewish theologian Abraham Heschel suggested that the Old Testament prophets saw justice as the supreme manifestation of God's presence. Heschel, a rabbi whose work carved out a place in both Jewish and Christian thought, was the sole survivor of a family who was killed by Nazis during World War II. "God's concern for justice grows out of His compassion for man,”…  [more]

Earth Day won’t save us

When I was little, I had a strange obsession with the environment. I collected animal stickers, watched endless documentaries on the Discovery Channel and stayed up late at night worrying about the rain forest. It was an odd concern, one that made my parents and schoolteachers call me “mature for my years.” As I see it now, this interest was actually the development of guilt. How could I learn about oil…  [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]

Should we be “redesigning” death?

“With just a little attention … he might be able to refract some of the horror and hopelessness of death into more transcendent feelings of awe and wonder and beauty.” These words, taken from the California Sunday Magazine article “Death, Redesigned,” speak to a new understand of mortality in our culture. It doesn’t take much experience with death to understand how daunting the…  [more]

The Christian undergirding of David Brooks’ moral bucket list

I am seriously considering taking David Brooks’ recent New York Times essay, “The Moral Bucket List,” adding a dozen Bible references, tacking on an “Amen” and preaching it this Sunday. The piece begins with these words: “About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. …They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued.…  [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]

Get ready for Earth Day with a TC collection on creation care

In the past few years we’ve been able to increase the variety and number of stories published at Think Christian, which means we’ve developed a fairly robust archive. These articles are easily searchable right here on the site, of course, but we also saw an opportunity to produce carefully crafted packages on specific topics, which we could then offer to our readers as PDF downloads. That’s the…  [more]

Audiophiles and spiritual fidelity

Audiophiles seem to be having their moment in the cultural sun. Neil Young’s PonoPlayer, which purports to recreate the experience of vinyl LPs, has turned heads, even as numerous articles aim to debunk the idea that vinyl sounds better. In fact, several corresponding arguments are conflating technical, psychological, emotional and even spiritual ideas surrounding the value of music and the concept of fidelity.…  [more]

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