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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 …

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Fine Tuning at the CSCA 2019 AGM

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The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation was held on November 8, 2019, in Hamilton, Ontario. The venue was a new one – MacNeill Baptist Church, in the Westdale area of the city, and within walking distance of McMaster University. This is the new meeting site for the Hamilton Chapter of the CSCA, and we are thankful for their hosting of the venue. Activities included a public lecture, the annual dinner, and the meeting itself.  Our time together was opened with a recognition of the ancestral homelands upon which our meeting was taking place. Two pastoral …

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Raising Food for Thought

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We all depend on agriculture to provide our food. Further, agriculture is a major player in the quality of our water to drink and air to breath, the only two things we need even more immediately than food. What can the sciences and Christian faith tell us about how we should best raise and consume food? How should we proceed with GMOs, catching or farming fish, eating down or up the food chain, organic or factory farming, vegetarian, locavore, or omnivore…? Steven G. Hall (PhD Cornell University) raises a gamut of such questions. He is well prepared to lead us …

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October Conference with CATA

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Biblical scholar Richard Middleton, one of the plenary speakers at “From Sea to Sea to Sky,” (see his lecture entitled “Human Distinctiveness and the Origin of Evil” here) is the conference liaison for the Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA; http://cata-catr.com). He liked our conference so much that he was inspired to make the science-faith dialogue a theme for CATA’s next conference, with the CSCA as a co-sponsor (along with ASA, BioLogos, and Northeastern Seminary).  CATA was originally CETA (the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association)—beware of acronym overload syndrome! Formed in 1990, CETA has always been ecumenical, with a focus on deep engagement …

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Transhumanism: Christian Destiny or Distraction?

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David C. Winyard Sr. (Ph.D., Virginia Tech) is an engineer and Science and Technology in Society scholar. From 1975–2012, he worked in R&D for the U.S. Navy and Defense Logistics Agency, receiving multiple awards and patents along the way. After retiring from federal service, he taught at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 2014–2018, building its new engineering program. Since 2010, Winyard’s focus has shifted from technology development to its meaning. His 2016 dissertation analyzed connections between Christianity, and Transhumanism which seeks fundamental enhancements of life by science and technology. In an essay on the ASA and CSCA web sites, Winyard describes …

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God, Evolution, and Animal Suffering

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Is evolution impossible to reconcile with God’s work? A process based on competition, violence, and selfishness seems an odd way for the God of love to create the world. The objection I hear raised most commonly about evolutionary creation is whether God could really have subjected countless generations of innocent animals to the sort of suffering that the natural world as we find it entails. No good God could do that. And so, people look for theological alternatives. They look in particular to theories of fallenness. For the reformers, like John Calvin, it was human fallenness that was to blame. …

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Todd Wood & Darrel Falk at TWU: The Fool and the Heretic

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One does not have to be very familiar with the way in which science & Christianity are engaged on the internet in order to see how polarised the “creation/evolution debate” can get. More heat than light is typically generated as misunderstandings, misrepresentations, dismissals, and accusations are rampant. However, that’s not how it has to be, and space is being carved out in certain times and places for generous conversation. Last November, I wrote a brief introduction to biologist Darrel Falk’s “Prairie Tour” as he spoke in our Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Calgary chapters. And now Trinity Western University, where many …