The articles below were published in the thought-provoking 'Faith-Science Interface' section of The Melbourne Anglican throughout 2011-2012.
|The philosopher who flew the atheists’ nest
Antony Flew’s courageous abandonment of atheism in the last six years of his life demanded much of him, as it does of us. John Pilbrow reflects on one philosopher’s pilgrimage from unbelief.
Science as ideology betrays its purpose
Chris Mulherin examines the belief that the natural world is all there is, and that scientific knowledge is the only authentic knowledge, in the second of two articles considering ‘Christianity, science and rumours of divorce.’
Work on Human Genome strengthened faith
Francis Collins is a brilliant scientist and former atheist, for whom the deciphering of the Human Genome played a significant part in the deepening of his faith. John Pilbrow reflects.
Evil is the price for freedom to love
A major reason for unbelief is the existence of evil and suffering in the world. In this, the second in our series of responses to atheism, Stephen Ames explains how Christians can still believe in God in the face of evil and suffering.
Engaging Phillip Adams on his rejection of faith
In April 2012 a global atheist convention will again be held in Melbourne. In this first article in a series considering some of the objections to faith, Stephen Ames & John Pilbrow respond to criticisms of belief in God made by writer Phillip Adams.
Denial of our mortality is leading to catastrophe
People tell you to ‘get real’ usually when what you are doing goes against their construct of reality. Perhaps you are a fool or perhaps your ‘foolishness’ is the wisdom of a different construct of reality.
Universe and human mind are traceable to God
Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, John Lennox, explains why he believes faith is foundational to science and the Resurrection is not a violation of the laws of nature. Part 2 of an interview with Roland Ashby.
New exploration of the science/faith relationship
An international project is underway which seeks to revitalise the way we think about science and faith. Test of FAITH provides an important resource for churches and schools. Aerospace engineer James Garth explains.
Facing life's hard questions with grace and hope
An interviewer quoted Stephen Hawking to John Lennox. Hawking had said that “Heaven is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark,” and Lennox replied, “Atheism is a fairy story for people afraid of the light". He spoke to Roland Ashby after the debate.
Can God the 'reckless' creator be good?
Is the kind of world the sciences know and describe, and which includes tsunamis and earthquakes, one which a loving God would create? Stephen Ames investigates.
Religious sense at the heart of self-perception
Topics previously thought to be ‘off-limits’ to science (beliefs, emotions, moral reasoning) are now increasingly the objects of systematic experimentation. Bluntly, neuroscientists are seeking to find if there brain regions where people 'do' religion.
More science/faith overlap than ever
Our world is in crisis and people of faith must work with scientists for a world of hope rather than despair, argues Dr Tom Butler, former Bishop of Southwark, in the UK.
The ‘great silence’ suggests we are alone
If life is common, the paradox goes, if intelligence is the inevitable product of life, and technology the inevitable consequence of intelligence, then where is everybody?