On a Science, Faith, and Ethics Book

Last month I read Science, Faith, and Ethics: Grid or Gridlock? A Christians Approach to Controversial Topics in Science by Denis Alexander and Robert White (2006). Since it has been a while since I have posted on this topic, the timing is good for a short book review.

Dr. Alexander and Dr. White are British scientists who are also involved with the interaction between religion and science. They skillfully defend how science works, how religion plays an important role in our life, and how they two are not in conflict.

While science makes a difference in what we know about the world, religion makes a difference in how we think about the world. As science makes new advances, we face moral and ethical decisions; such as decisions around nuclear energy, the environment, genetic engineering, DNA therapy, and many more. Therefore, in order for us to make grounded decisions, we should be knowledgeable about both science and religion.

The first five chapters examine the science, religion, and the relationship between them. Establishing the similarities and differences between these disciplines sets the stage for the relationship between them. Chapters 6-8 examine specific issues around evolution, genetics, and the environment. Chapter 9 concludes the 168-page book about being a Christian in science today.

There is no question in my mind that too few people know much about science, religion, and the interplay between these two influential disciplines – thus many are incapable of making an informed decision about something they think they know, but actually don’t.

Science, Faith, and Ethics: Grid or Gridlock? is an easy read, so I highly recommend this book as one of the early books to read in a journey to learn more about the topic – but not the only. After all, the more one learns, the more they will discover how little they know – thus, how much more there is to learn. Here are some resources to get started on the topic.

On Start Your Santa Engine

The start of the Christmas season actually depends on the perspective of the holder. To some retailers, Christmas display replace Halloween items on November 1st – which is about the same time all-Christmas music radio broadcasts start.

Some individuals say the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade starts their season. For others, it’s the Black Friday shopping craze. YouTube allows me to relive my official start of the Christmas season whenever I want because my favorite seasonal commercial is from my youth. Here’s a 1994 remake of the classic from the 60s and 70s.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 77

Congratulations to Reds first baseman Joey Votto for winning the NL MVP. Not bad for a guy who beat Albert Pujolis for the award, but was not good enough to be selected by either the fans initial All-Star vote or by Phillies manager Charlie Manuel as an All-Star reserve. Sorry Charlie, but you blew it.

Congratulations to Josh Hamilton for winning the AL MVP. Besides being very deserving, the great story continues.

On the DWTS Season
Dancing with the Stars’ disappointing season is finally over. Upon ABC’s announcement of the cast, I politely said that having Bristol Palin on the show was not a good idea. Meanwhile, this loyal fan stopped watching three weeks ago as I’ve had enough – but I didn’t shoot my television. Congratulations Jennifer Gray, and thank you voters for saving us from embarrassment.

Meanwhile this week in the world of Palin Palooza continues: Sarah’s Alaska on Sunday (40% less viewers), Bristol’s DWTS Monday and Tuesday with shots of Mom, Sarah’s book release too, and the most-fitting turkey on the table Thursday – plus who knows how much in the future. OH … a sure fit hit and commercial time bonanza – Why not a Palin Family Christmas TV special!

On 47 Years Ago
Those of us who are old enough remember where we were on November 22, 1963 – the day of President Kennedy’s assassination. Monday’s news had several interesting reflections of that day. Here’s something I wrote in 2009.

On some Random Tidbits

  • The Today show and NBC News did a great viral video to I Got a Feeling (Black Eyed Peas). If you didn’t see it, click here – then see if you can catch 13 different studio personalities.
  • A recent Bones episode brought forth the Bone Sucking Snot Flower, so here’s a link to this unique organism.
  • If that’s not odd enough for you, see this National Geographic report about flying snakes.
  • 2010 has been a tough football season for me as all my teams struggle: alma maters Bowling Green State University (2-9) and University of Cincinnati (4-6), plus the pathetic play of the NFL Bengals (2-8). That’s 8-23 misery so far with more games to go.

On the Holiday Weekend
Thanksgiving and its long weekend are upon us. While thankful for my readers, my plan is to take a break for the holiday after tomorrow’s post, thus enjoy time with my family. More importantly, a safe and blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family – plus a simple gift below from A Frank Angle.

On Thanks for a Giving Joshua

After seeing this story about Joshua Williams a few months ago on the NBC Nightly News, I knew that I had to feature him in a post. With Thanksgiving upon us, now is time to feature his cause and action.

When he was four, his grandmother gave him $20, but he gave it away to someone homeless. Less than a year later, he wanted to do something to feed hungry children. Shortly thereafter, Joshua’s Heart, a foundation focusing on hunger relief was born. Joshua is now nine years old, and the foundation is going strong.

Amazingly, Joshua discovered something early in life that many never figure out – the importance of caring for and helping others. Whether you see it in the spirit of religion or not, he is an example and the spirit of what humans can do for one another. In today’s bitter, partisan times in our in-your-face culture, Joshua Williams is a beacon of goodness.

Besides the foundation’s video below, here is a link to the foundation and one to the NBC News story I saw. During this Thanksgiving holiday, I thank Joshua for being a model of giving.