‘For … Sake!’4 Letter Words etc.

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It is most likely a coincidence that some of the most profane and profound words in the English language only have four letters; more than likely several words come to mind—words that, nowadays, form a part of General English Usage. Here are three others that may not have immediately come to mind: ‘evil’ ‘love’ and … Continue reading ‘For … Sake!’4 Letter Words etc.

Genetics, God and the Future of Humanity

Thanks for posting the article Ruth. There are obviously some rather ‘grey areas’ regarding the (biblical) notion of ‘being made in the image of God’ (imago Dei). The functional interpretation of ‘image-bearing’ seems to offer a better fit for the Christian practitioner working at ‘the chalk face’. The functional view of image-bearing touched on in the article does not, in faciem, cause one to have to ‘wrestle’ with the implications that other notions of image-bearing bring with them—though I suspect there are, at least for the professing Christian, nagging questions that—presently ‘beg the question’. It is a brave and necessary ‘New World’ in which advances in medicine offer hope for so many. Who is to judge?
I personally do not hold to the functional interpretation of ‘image-bearing’.
Best regards
Derek j. White

Science and Belief

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Scientists have had a remarkable technique available to them in the last few years. A new editing system called CRISPR-Cas (biologists like acronyms as much as anyone) has made it possible to accurately change the genetic code – like guiding a pair of scissors to exactly the right spot in a text.

This technology has been used to heal genetic disease in children, such as Daniel who suffered from Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome. Cells were taken from his bone marrow and cultured in the lab, the faulty genes were replaced, and the ‘healed’ cells were put back into his body. Daniel has not suffered from the severe asthma and inability to fight infections that afflicted his older brother, and he is now alive and well aged 18.

But what about the ethical issues around this new technique? Should it be used to modify embryos? What about going beyond healing to enhance human…

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Guest Post: Believing the Unbelievable?

Science and Belief

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There are more things in heaven and on earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies

 Shakespeare

A common objection to Christianity is that it simply isn’t believable. The virgin birth, the resurrection, the feeding of the five thousand – it’s just all rather improbable isn’t it, if not downright impossible. The question I’m going to consider in this blog post is “Does the truth have to seem believable?”, looking at examples from modern science.

One area I’m interested in is quantum mechanics. Quantum simply means discrete (as opposed to continuous, think dots rather than lines) and mechanics is the branch of physics which deals with motion. Quantum mechanics deals with the behaviour of small particles, and it defies all notions of common sense. Quantum particles can:

  • Seemingly exist in two places at once (the principle of superposition)
  • Have mysterious instantaneous links between them regardless…

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Can Science Explain Everything?

Science and Belief

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A mathematician, a judge and an ambassador walked onto a train. It sounds like the beginning of a joke but the mathematician was John Lennox, who is well-known for his lectures about Christianity, and his new friends were completely serious about their investigation of his beliefs. We don’t know what happened in the end, but all three of them clearly recognised the significance of the conversation.

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Alas Poor Adam

An excerpt from: 'GOOD GOD!Gaining a Fresh Perspective on Evil, Evolution and the Purposes of God' by Derek J. White (2019) Alas Poor Adam God, according to current interpretations of evolution, would have (NB.time reference is obviously rhetorical as God is outside of time.) had no idea what ‘Natural Selection’ would have thrown up. Mankind … Continue reading Alas Poor Adam

Angels: ‘in the realm of glory’?

Angels in the realm of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth; Ye who sang creation's story, Now proclaim Messiah's birth: Come and worship, Come and worship, Worship Christ the newborn King? Angels are rather popular in the present 'New Age'. They don't seem to have the status of simply being the figments of … Continue reading Angels: ‘in the realm of glory’?

The Incarnation: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Science and Belief

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My frame was not hidden from you

when I was made in the secret place,

when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body;

all the days ordained for me were written in your book

before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:15-16

You began life as a single cell – a fertilised egg with mother and father’s DNA mingled together in a unique combination. This miniscule blob was all of you for a few hours, until it began to divide: 2 cells, 4, 8, 16, a ball, a hollow ball, and then something more complex. You were still tiny, but developing a nervous system, a head, a body, arms and legs. By that point your mother would be only too aware she was expecting a baby – the physical symptoms would have been hard to…

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