The 2009 New College Lectures will offer a Christian perspective on the impact that technology is having on medical practices. Informed by a biblical understanding of God’s purposes Prof Wyatt will consider the bioethical issues that we face every day as we make decisions about creating, preserving and protecting life. The three public lectures will be presented by Professor John Wyatt, the author of Matters of Life and Death and Professor of Ethics and Perinatology at University College, London, and Consultant Neonatologist at University College London Hospitals. The lectures will be held from the 8-10 September at The John Niland Scientia Building (night 1) and New College, at UNSW. More information can be found at http://www.newcollege.unsw.edu.au/newcollegelectures.html or you can RSVP by phoning on 02 9381 1999.
We have Case 20 is currently being prepared for publication in September. It is on the topic of apologetics. There are many different views on what apologetics is and how it should be practised. Steven Cowan defines apologetics as “...the defence of the Christian faith against charges of falsehood, inconsistency or credulity”. In simple terms, apologetics is about giving a defence, but for many apologists this is all a bit - well - defensive! There is of course a place for offensive apologetics that involves offering positive reasons for the Christian faith. This may take the form of arguments for the existence of God or the key facts of the gospel, particularly claims of deity and his resurrection. But there are many other thoughts on what 21st Century apologetics should look like. The next edition of Case magazine will explore this topic in depth.
A recap on the contents of Case 19, this was on the issue of the God and Science. It has been one of our most successful issues ever with a lot of people keen to purchase it as a single issue and also people have been signing up to be subscribers. Why don’t you consider buying your own copy to give to friends, family and colleagues or becoming a subscriber?
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Mike Thompson officially joined the New College staff on July 14 as part-time CASE Associate Editor. Mike has been an active member of the CASE network and has contributed a number of articles for the CASE publication on topics such as the history of New York City (Case 18), and the ethics of democracy-promotion as a foreign policy objective (Case 13). Mike’s main responsibilities relate to assisting with the editing and production management of CASE magazine. Mike has been an active participant in the CASE project since 2006 as an Associate, and has been involved as a member of both the Centre’s Editorial and Scholars groups. He is currently completing his PhD thesis in History at the University of Sydney, where he has been researching and teaching in American History. His focus is on Christianity and American foreign relations.
As is our aim here at CASE, we hope that these publications stimulate you to ponder and challenge many of the world views which are presented to us daily and necessitate much more thought than we so often give them.
Professor Trevor Cairney
Director, Centre for Apologetic Scholarship and Education (CASE)
New College, University of NSW, 2052.
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