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Winter 2011: Science and religion

31 May 2011


Finding answers in the stars

09 May 2011 | Fatima Measham

Finding answers in the starsThe Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest scientific institutions in the world, continuing a tradition of scientific exploration in the Church that stretches back centuries.

Head to head with athiests

09 May 2011 | Ashleigh Green

Head to head with atheistsRev Dr John Polkinghorne is an English theoretical physicist, theologian and priest, whose recent book Questions of Truth: Fifty-one responses to Questions about God, Science and Belief (co-authored with Nicolas Beale) seeks to find a new, complementary model of science and religion.

Believing in Darwin

09 May 2011 | Virginia Small

Believing in DarwinScience teacher and Jesuit Father Terry Kelly SJ speaks to journalist Virginia Small about how he opens students up to new ways of thinking about science and religion.

Taking science to new heights

09 May 2011 | Sarah Baker

Taking science to new heightsThe study of science is vital to the future of our world. Loreto College in Adelaide has developed a unique science program that proves microscopes, lab coats and Bunsen burners are just as interesting as English, geography and drama class.

Explorations: Religion’s relationship with science

09 May 2011 | Fr Andrew Hamilton sj

Religion's relationship with scienceWhen we think of science and religion we often think of conflict. We think of people like Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins claiming that science has disproved the claims of religion, and of Christians who argue against them. We also think of our own acquaintances who believe that modern science has made religion obsolete.

Defining the boundaries

09 May 2011 | Ashleigh Green

Defining the boundariesWe deal with science every day, from the food we eat to the transport we use. However various emerging technologies deal with new moral terrain, and do require our consideration. New medical treatments and genetic enhancement opportunities have triggered moral questions.

Editorial: Science and religion

31 May 2011 | Michael McVeigh

It's a happy coincidence that this edition on science and religion comes out shortly after the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Unguarded moments: Where science and religion flourish

31 May 2011 | Ann Rennie

I was never much of a science student. I remember being careful with a Bunsen burner, undertaking experiments with chemicals in pipettes in the laboratory and trying to learn by heart the periodic table. But the science of my school days was for the students who could understand strange abstractions and pH balances and problem solving.

Science and the Bible

09 May 2011 |

Science and the BibleProfessor Neil Ormerod says he's dismayed when he hears people trying to reconcile the stories in the Bible with scientific discoveries.

Science-based action

09 May 2011 | Michele Gierck

Science-based action We are inspired by faith, but our actions are most effective if they are based in science.

A letter to Dawkins

09 May 2011 | Michael McGirr

A letter to DawkinsDear Richard Dawkins,
Many thanks for your kind letter asking if you could borrow the Easter Candle from our school chapel. I appreciate that large candles are hard to find and are excellent for teaching the skills of scientific observation.

Science academy awards

09 May 2011 | Fatima Measham

Science academy awardsA number of religious people throughout history have turned to science to better understand God. Australian Catholics recognises some of the most influential.

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