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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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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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Astronomy, Life, and Our Cosmic Creator

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S. D. Benecchi (PhD, MIT) is a senior astronomer at the Planetary Science Institute. Her research focuses on small bodies, often binaries, in the outer solar system. That work has included being part of the Deep Ecliptic Survey (DES), a program to discover and dynamically characterize ~500 Kuiper belt objects (KBOs), and the Outer Solar System Origins Survey. Indeed there is a minor planet, 21458 Susank, named for her. Active in educational outreach, she recently completed with two co-authors, a curriculum entitled The Crossroads of Science and Faith: Astronomy Through a Christian Worldview. On the ASA and CSCA web sites, …

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Artificial Intelligence: Discerning A Christian Response

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Derek C. Schuurman (PhD, McMaster University) is a professor of Computer Science at Calvin College where he currently holds the William Spoelhof Chair. Shaping a Digital World: Faith, Culture and Computer Technology (InterVarsity Press, 2013) is his most recent book. He describes for us on the ASA and CSCA web sites, the latest developments and challenges in artificial intelligence. That focus calls for our attention to the promise and threat, at hand and in the near future, for issues such as job enhancement and displacement, building in guidance for systems that will then act autonomously, and what it is to be a person.    Schuurman’s essay is intended as an invitation. Readers are encouraged to take up one of the insights or questions, or maybe …

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Addiction: Diseased Brain, Divided Will, or Restless Heart?

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Judith Toronchuk (PhD McGill) teaches physiological psychology for Trinity Western University. She has published on affective neuronal selection, and both the phylogeny and ontogeny of affective social behaviour. She describes for us here the latest developments and challenges in the science of addiction for our society and Christian faith. That focus calls for our attention with opioid, marijuana, nicotine, gambling, porn, and alcohol addictions staggering our society. Toronchuk’s essay is intended as an invitation. Readers are encouraged to take up one of the insights or questions, or maybe a related one that was not mentioned, and draft an article (typically …

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Loving God with All Your Mind, and Alzheimer’s

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Bryan C. Auday, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Gordon College, Wenham, MA, and is also the founding Director of the Neuroscience Program there. He recently completed as Co-Medical Editor the Salem Health Magill’s Medical Guide (7th edition), Vols. 1-5, Hackensack, NJ: Grey House Publishing, 2014. Auday describes for us here the latest developments and challenges from Alzheimer’s Disease for the sciences, our society, and Christian faith. The essay is intended as an invitation. Readers are encouraged to take up one of the insights or questions, or maybe a related one that was not mentioned, …

Think Write Publish: Science & Religion

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CSCA folks may be interested to take advantage of this unique opportunity to participate in a writing fellowship focusing on non-fictional narratives that emphasize the compatibility of science and religion. Communicating Harmonies Between Science & Religion Using Narrative Nonfiction—Through an Innovative, Collaborative Thinking and Writing Program This is a call for applicants to our flagship program–12, two-year, non-residential narrative writing Fellowships. Fellows will receive travel to 3 all-expense-paid writing workshops around the nation, dedicated mentors and editorial support, exposure of their work at 5 events at science museums in the US and Canada, publishing opportunities, and a $10,000 honorarium.   Recipients …

Call for Papers: Atheism and the Christian Faith

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The Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith has put out a call for papers for their upcoming conference on Atheism and the Christian Faith in Edmonton, Alberta. ATHEISM AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH May 6-7, 2016 Papers and Presentations along the lines of the theme of Atheism and the Christian Faith may be approached interdisciplinarily from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Formal Sciences and from the subdisciplines of philosophy, theology, apologetics, psychology, sociology, history, culture, art and ethics, etc. There is a broad range of possible topics with some overlap. This list is neither exhaustive nor intended to …

Call for Papers: Sustainable Development and Human Flourishing

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The Christian Journal for Global Health has issued a call for papers on Sustainable Development and Human Flourishing for the 30th annual Christian Connections for International Health conference (June 17-19, 2016 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA). Sustainable Development and Human Flourishing The public sector is increasingly recognizing the key role of religious health assets in sustaining progress in development.  Community health workers are increasingly recognized as a vital element in health service equity and education.  Christian churches and faith-based organizations are in a unique position to participate in conversations at the local, regional and international level on what …

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Cognitive Science of Religion and Christian Faith

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Justin L. Barrett is the Thrive Professor of Developmental Science in the Graduate School of Psychology, and Chief Project Developer for the Office of Science, Theology, and Religion Initiatives at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA. A cognitive and developmental psychologist (Ph.D., Cornell University), his books include Why Would Anyone Believe in God? (2004), Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds (2011), and Born Believers: The Science of Childhood Religion (2012). Barrett describes for us here the latest developments and challenges in the cognitive sciences for Christian faith. The essay is intended as an invitation. Readers are …