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Q&A #3 – Barry Pointon (23 Jan 2023)

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For the past 50 years, the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation has facilitated discussions about science and Christian faith in Canada. As part of our 50th-anniversary celebrations, we asked 50 CSCA members to comment on their personal connections to science, scripture, and Canadian scenery. We will share these contributions throughout 2023 in hope that you will find them engaging and encouraging. Date: Monday, January 23rd, 2023 CSCA member of the week: Barry Pointon, Physics Instructor at BCIT and member of Super-Kamiokande and Hyper-Kamiokande collaborations 1. Why did you choose your scientific discipline? My scientific discipline is physics, but my first love …

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Q&A #2 – Alan Ronald (16 Jan 2023)

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For the past 50 years, the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation has facilitated discussions about science and Christian faith in Canada. As part of our 50th-anniversary celebrations, we asked 50 CSCA members to comment on their personal connections to science, scripture, and Canadian scenery. We will share these contributions throughout 2023 in hope that you will find them engaging and encouraging. Date: Monday, January 16th, 2023 CSCA member of the week: Alan Ronald, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba 1. Why did you choose your scientific discipline? I did not do well in the US boards for microbiology and infectious diseases …

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Scientists and the Church

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Scientists and the Church A set of events in partnership between CSCA Vancouver, FNAS at TWU, and The Scriptorium at UBC featuring the CSCA Past Presidents’ Lecture Tour and the ASA Winter Symposium Saturday 28 January 2023 Full-Day Schedule 8-9:30 am Breakfast with local pastors, ministry leaders, TWU and seminary faculty (optional) 10-11:30 am ASA Winter Symposium (online), “watch party”: Scientists and the Church 12-1 pm Luncheon, including students (optional) 1-2:30 pm Robert Mann “To Infinity and Beyond: 50 years of exploring Science and Faith” 5:30-7 pm Dinner (optional) 7:30-9 pm Robert Mann “Time and Eternity” 8 AM: Pre-Event Meal at TWU Breakfast with …

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Q&A with 50 CSCA Members

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For the past 50 years, the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation has facilitated discussions about science and Christian faith in Canada. As part of our 50th-anniversary celebrations, we asked 50 CSCA members to comment on their personal connections to science, scripture, and Canadian scenery. We will share these contributions throughout 2023 in hope that you will find them engaging and encouraging. Date: Monday, January 9th, 2023 CSCA member of the week: Rebecca Dielschneider, Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Providence University College 1. Why did you choose your scientific discipline? I’ve been fascinated by the immune system for a long time. …

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GENDER: From Christian Perspectives

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Questions of gender identity and gender dysphoria have become prominent in our culture. Our churches are not exempt from this development, as Christians can also struggle with gender identity. What do we know about the biology of gender? What are Christian perspectives on gender and the trans experience? What are the important and unresolved questions? On the ASA and CSCA web sites Tony Jelsma, PhD, has written an essay that informs us about what we know and do not know about gender. He is chair and professor of biology at Dordt University and has taught courses in human anatomy, physiology, …

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Put on the PPG

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The following is a devotional given at the prayer/praise meeting on 20 July 2020, the first day of the ASA Summer Something Series. Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of …

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PANDEMIC: From Christian Perspectives

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Pandemics are part of human life. We live and die through the Spanish Flu, Ebola, and SARS, only to face Covid-19. What have we learned about how to deal with these assaults, and ourselves in the midst of them? What do we need yet to figure out? What insights might Christian perspectives bring to the table? On the ASA and CSCA web sites Luke Janssen, PhD, has written an essay that informs us about what we encounter in these outbreaks, how such pandemics have shaped our societies before, and some of the unique challenges of Covid-19. He is well prepared to lead …

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Pandemics and Christian Faith

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I was coincidentally reading a novel set during the bubonic plague, when the novel coronavirus outbreak began in China. A reminder that pandemics are not novel.  Yet they raise the inevitable “big questions of life.” As Christians, we turn to the Bible for answers and find that stories of illness are common, as is teaching on suffering. “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33; and check out Paul’s teaching on suffering: Rom 5:3, 8:18, 12:12). There is always hope amidst the trouble, but no guarantees of instant relief. Neither is there clear teaching regarding the …

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The Nuclear Options: Christian Perspectives on Fission, Fusion, and Our Energy Future

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Do we have any energy source that is available 24 hours every day, releases no CO2 into the atmosphere, and does not kill birds? Yes. Nuclear fission. Then why do Sweden and France rely on it, but Germany is trying to phase it out to zero? Can we justify burying nuclear waste for thousands of years? Are there security risks? Will fusion ever be less than a few decades away? What insights might Christian perspectives bring to the table? Robert Kaita has written an essay that informs us about what is currently available in fission and fusion, and raises a …