Category: Science & Technology

Weird Science and Christian Wisdom

In April, a team of physicians and researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia published an eye-catching article in the scientific journal Nature Communications. In it, they described the Biobag, an artificial womb that they successfully used to grow premature lambs to birth weight. The implications of this for human babies are considerable. Premature birth remains a major cause of infant mortality.…  [more]

Pope Francis Graces TED to Talk Technology

For more than 30 years now, TED talks have inspired millions of listeners with over 1,000 presentations from world leaders in technology, music, education, the arts, and philosophy. With few exceptions, including speakers such as Billy Graham and Rick Warren, TED talks rarely touch on the topic of religion and spirituality. One rare instance was the recent talk delivered by Pope Francis last month on the topic of…  [more]

When Hashtags Have Prophetic Power

Authenticity and social media don't often occupy the same space, but a few hashtags recently emerged on Twitter that—for a while, at least—spurred honest, open dialogue and gave voice to those who have been marginalized in the church: women, and black women in particular. Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible's View of Women, was watching a conversation unfold…  [more]

What Transhumanism Misunderstands About Being Human

Talk of cyborgs isn’t only for fans of science fiction anymore. A recent National Geographic article by D. T. Max highlights the ways in which advocates and practitioners of transhumanism are merging our bodies with technology. Perhaps we are well on our way to what the magazine’s cover describes as “the next human.” How should Christians think about the technological optimism of…  [more]

All Rivers, Great and Small

I have lived most of my life in cities bisected by rivers and have often used a quiet spot by the river to clear my head and listen for God’s voice. At the Kebar River in Babylon, God spoke to Ezekiel. At the River Jordan, God spoke to the assembled crowds at the baptism of Jesus. In Ezekiel 47, the prophet describes a river that flows from the temple of God, bringing life and healing to the land. Revelation 22…  [more]

When the Bible is No Longer a Book

“A new kind of mutated Christianity for a digital age is appearing.” Rev. Dr. Pete Phillips I still remember the first time I preached a sermon with an iPad. Fearing my congregation’s response, I walked to the pulpit with notes and a Bible concealing the glowing screen. I continued the practice of bait and switch for several years until I sensed people growing less nervous. While there are still…  [more]

Talking Science and Faith with Morgan Freeman

Who has best portrayed God in cinema? My vote is for Morgan Freeman’s version in the theologically profound Jim Carrey comedy Bruce Almighty. Freeman gave the role gravitas, tackling a number of vexing theological questions in a humorous and endearing way. Thirteen years after his initial portrayal of God, Morgan Freeman is hosting National Geographic Channel’s The Story of God with Morgan Freeman, which…  [more]

Do Zoos Have a Future? Should They?

On a hot, humid, July afternoon I took my daughter to our local zoo. The air was thick and chewy and the thermometer neared 100. We pushed through the turnstiles in pursuit of lemonade and her favorite section: the polar bear exhibit. On this particular day, the polar bears were in the shade, sleeping off the heat, rather than splashing into the pools and wrestling one another as they normally did. My daughter tugged…  [more]

Rethinking Neanderthals

No one likes to admit that a long-held idea is wrong. The more invested we are in an idea and the more it aligns with our overall worldview, the more likely we are to cling to it. It was interesting, then, to read a New York Times Magazine article by Jon Mooallem explaining how multiple scientists have been compelled to admit that long-held views about Neanderthals were incorrect.  Neanderthals have been…  [more]

How Should Christians Navigate the Gender Revolution?

Katie Couric recently hosted a documentary entitled Gender Revolution on the National Geographic channel. A companion piece to the latest edition of National Geographic magazine, the documentary focused on matters relating to intersex and transgender people. Essentially, it raised questions about a world where it’s not merely gender roles that are up for grabs, but gender itself. The documentary was strongest…  [more]

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