New Postings: What Does It Mean to Say that God Acts in Our World? by James Wiseman. James A. Wiseman is a Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic Univeristy of America and also a Benedictine monk at St. Anselm's Abbey in Washington, DC. This paper was the foundation for a program at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland on November 20, 2011. The slide presentation can be found here.
Christi-inanity: The United Methodist blogger, Dan Dick, has written an provocative article with a somewhat unfortunate title that states "we don’t know what to do with smart people who ask tough questions."
A related article was brought to our attention by Michael Dowd. Religion Dispatches posted an article by Paul Wallace: New Report: Young People Leaving Church for Science. It summarizes a report by the Barna Group. The report "why so many young people are leaving the church these days." One answer: “Churches come across as antagonistic toward science.” See the Barna Group report here.
The Stone Forum in the New York Times: "Reason for Reason" by Michael P. Lynch, October 2, 2011
"A Reflection on Ways of Thinking" by Dr. Philip Blackwell. Dr. Blackwell reaches back to "John Wesley, Amateur Scientist" to answer the question by one of his parishioners in Chicago: “How can I work all week long as a modern-day scientist applying all the principles I know and then stand up in church to recite ancient creeds and sing antiquated hymns that contradict what I know to be true?”
3. What Scientists Think About Religion by Elaine Howard Ecklund, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University. Almost a quarter of Americans think scientists are hostile to religion. But what do we really know about how scientists think about morality, spirituality, and faith?
4. Purpose-Driven Life by Brian Boyd. Does evolution by natural selection rob life of purpose, as so many have feared? The answer is no. On the contrary, Charles Darwin has made it possible to understand how purpose, like life, builds from small beginnings, from the ground up. In a very real sense, evolution creates purpose.
5. Science & The Evangelical Mission In America, by Ken Wilson, begins this way: "My evangelical heart was first exposed to the issue when I sat down for coffee with the only biology graduate student attending our church at the time. I asked Theresa an innocent question: 'We have grad students in English, social work, and engineering— why aren’t there more science and biology students in our church?'"
6. Holy Surgical Side Effect by Greg Miller People of many religious faiths share the belief that there is a reality that transcends their personal experience. Now, a study with brain cancer patients hints at brain regions that may regulate this aspect of spiritual thinking.
7. Professor John Harwood Hick (born Yorkshire, England, 1922) is a philosopher of religion and theologian. We recently ran across two articles of his on Science and Religion, and, Who or What Is God? The links are below:
10. Philip Clayton is a productive and gifted scholar who holds a triple appointment at Claremont Graduate School. He is listed in the department of Religion, the department of Philosophy, and as Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology. He has done significant work on the concepts of emergence and panentheism as well as numerous other topics.
11. Big Questions Online is a publication of the John Templeton Foundation and is one of the better resources for original material available on the web.