Author: Arie Leegwater, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry
Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
In a perceptive article, Peter Harrison, Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University, describes how the dual categories of science and religion have been invented over time. Not only are the boundaries of science in flux, only becoming somewhat stable in the nineteenth century, but so are those of religion, having been constructed earlier during the European Enlightenment, usually in terms of a set of propositional beliefs. This demarcation or boundary issue, what is properly science and what is properly religion, has also exercised the Christian community.
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Posted in: Science & Technology
on Dec 14, 2009
In Glittering Vices, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung carefully parses the meanings and attractions of the seven deadly sins. Historically and biblically informed, her explorations lead readers to meditate on personal participation in these sins. She doesn’t forget to provide a way out of these meditations. If the first part of each chapter describing one of the sins—envy, vainglory, sloth, avarice, anger, gluttony and lust—is a mirror, then the end of each chapter is a window on the other side of which is Christ, armed with the power to transform even the deadliest of vices into virtues.
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Jane Zwart, professor of English at Calvin College, reviews Toni Morrison’s new novel, A Mercy, for Books and Culture magazine. "Indeed, A Mercy is a novel, to borrow from one its characters, about 'piecing together scraps' as 'a way to be in the world,' she writes. The review is part of Books and Culture's celebration of Black History Month.
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