In 2004, science historian Naomi Oreskes published a seminal essay in the journal Science entitled ‘The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change’. In it, Oreskes reported the results of a survey of 928 abstracts published in refereed scientific journals between 1993 and 2003. Of those abstracts, 75% supported the prevailing view among the scientific community that most of the observed warming of the earth’s atmosphere was due to an increase in
The German philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724 – 1804) created a paradigm shift in both science and theology. His theory that the mind plays an active role in constructing objective experience created a ‘Copernican revolution’ in epistemology by placing the human subject at the centre of epistemological inquiry. Kant’s work also represented a watershed in theology and apologetics. He famously asserted that while we cannot objectively demonstrate
Few questions engage the human mind and have such timeless relevance as those to do with the origin and purpose of life. Seeking to answer such questions inevitably brings to the fore numerous disciplines—cosmology, biology, mathematics, geology, philosophy—and it therefore presents as a daunting task to comprehensively interact with, let alone challenge, the mainstream schools of thought. In his book God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?
From Case magazine, a look at the facts and the rhetoric behind Kinsey the man and the recent film.
The recent film about the work of sex researcher, Alfred Kinsey, has thrown a spotlight on the ethical dimensions of such research, especially on the practice of observing sexual behaviour.
It has also highlighted the rhetoric by which the research is presented. In this article, we consider the claims of the movie and what is known about Kinsey and
What are the different ethical positions on using embryonic stem cells? Megan Best reviews the Australian debate of the past few years.
I expect that most readers were aware of the stem cell debate that continued through 2002. It culminated in the passing of federal legislation that decided the fate of excess human embryos which are stored in assisted reproductive technology (ART) labs around the country. The public debate surrounding the
How is biblical eschatology to be interpreted in the light of what is known from physics about the history and possible future of the universe?
To the minds of some educated people, the most bizarre and unsubstantiated aspect of Christian faith is the area known as eschatology. Eschatology refers to the study of the "last things"—death, the end of the world, heaven and hell. More generally, it also refers to the study of the future and how we can
Michael Murray is the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor in the Humanities at Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, USA. This article is an edited extract from Christianity’s Critics: Answering the New Atheists and Other Objectors, edited by Paul Copan and William Lane Craig. (Broadman & Homan, 2008). Used with permission. See PDF below to download the full article.
Associate Professor Robert Stening reviews Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe
Medical Ethics: Christian Perspectives on Life and Death – MP3 audio files available for CASE Associates
On the 21st March 2009 CASE ran a conference focusing on significant issues in the ethically-charged field of medicine. The conference programme ran as follows:
- Dr Andrew Cole: Why Should Christians be Interested in Ethics in Medicine?
- Dr Megan Best: Ethical Issues at the Beginning of Life
- Dr Patrina Caldwell: Medical Research Involving