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Seminaries Awarded $1.5 million to Include Science in Coursework
Originally Posted: 10/09/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

Responding to a real or perceived gap between science and faith, 10 U.S. seminaries will receive a combined $1.5 million in grants to include science in their curricula, the American Association for the Advanc ...

Some Americans Still Monkeying Around on Science Education
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

Colloquially known as the “Monkey Trial,” the Tennessee v. John Scopes trial ended on July 21, 1925, but 89 years later, the American public is still debating on where it stands with religion and science educa ...

A Noah State of Mind
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum The problem is not with the ark, but with the ark mentality it represents. AS THIS IS wri ...

Resurrection: Calculating the Probabilities
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

This Holy Week let us be filled with doubt in what passes for normal experience. It seems an important exercise for Christians to undertake because we are as tempted as anyone born in this age to explain away ...

As Fox-TV Re-creates 'Cosmos' Series, Carl Sagan's Following Grows
Originally Posted: 03/05/2014 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

Many viewers may be hoping that Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey lives up to the original series created by astronomer Carl Sagan 35 years ago. Many viewers may be hoping that  Cosm ...

Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design And THE Problem Of Animal Suffering (Interview With Ron Osborn)
Originally Posted: 02/28/2014 - 5:07pm | Type: Press

February 13, 2014 Sojo in the News Peter Enns ...

Science Group, Evangelicals Push New Collaboration
Originally Posted: 02/18/2014 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

Scientists and Christian evangelicals can collaborate for the good of society but it will take some serious effort, experts said as they launched a new campaign to change perceptions between the two groups. ...

'Ham on Nye' Debate Doesn't Reflect Reality
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I hear about someone else making a case for New Earth Creationism in the name of Christianity, I’m embarrassed, once again, to associate myself with them. Whenever I hea ...

Talking to Evangelicals About Climate Change
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Liz Schmitt What works, what doesn’t, and how best to frame the conversation. IN 2013, Sojourners commission ...

Ham-on-Nye Debate Pits Atheists, Creationists
Originally Posted: 01/30/2014 - 5:37pm | Type: Blog

Bill Nye may be “The Science Guy,” but Ken Ham is the “Answers in Genesis” man, and a debate between the two over the origins of life has nonbelievers and Christians wringing their hands. ...

Donating My Body to Science
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. No animals were tested in the study. Just me. AS A TEST subject in an ongoing medical study, I ...

Views on Evolution Driven by Religion More Than Education
Originally Posted: 12/30/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

As evolution remains a contentious issue for many public schools, a new survey suggests that views on the question are driven by Americans’ religious affiliation more than their level of education. ...

Do Churches Alienate Intellectuals?
Originally Posted: 10/29/2013 - 5:31pm | Type: Blog

Recently, it's been said that smarter people prefer not to go to church or believe in God, but maybe part of the problem is that churches won't let them in — or they’ve already kicked them out! There ...

Scientific American Blog Editor Leaves Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Women are an important part of the science community, but there’s a group of powerful men who are gatekeepers, and some of them use this power as a tool to be overtly sexual with female bloggers looking to adv ...

Bridging Science, Faith, and Troubled Waters
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 1:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Dottie Yunger An interview with "Rev. Riverkeeper" Dottie Y ...

What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas: The Battle Over Science Textbooks
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Over the last few weeks of hearings on science textbooks, there has been a strong push from anti-science activists and Creationists to weaken the teaching of not only evolution but climate change. ...

Help Thou My Unbelief
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 9:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Ryan Ahlgrim A pastor's journey of trust in the face of doubt. LAST YEAR on NPR’s “All Things Considered ...

Science vs. Religion: A Race to Destruction?
Originally Posted: 09/25/2013 - 1:46pm | Type: Blog

Science for the sake of science, or religion for the sake of religion, nearly always possesses within it the potential for great danger, especially if the humanity that both were meant to serve comes second to ...

Feeding our Imagination
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Mallory McDuff Fiction with a climate change theme. CRITICS HAVE BEMOANED the lack of fiction centered on cli ...

No Time for Arm-Chair Activists
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Those who study together can also change together. Here are our recommendations for good books, videos, and online resources ...

A 'Historic Moment' on Climate Change?
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis It's more human to deny the evidence, attack the messengers, and try to delay any response. A ...

God and Science
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

Lately, Bill has been in the news cycle because of a video he made about creationism. In this video, Bill argues that the religions that teach stories of creation that oppose a contemporary scientific understa ...

Einstein's Compass
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Trevor Scott Barton wrote this poem after reading Subtle Is The Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein by Abraham Pais. Editor's Note: Tr ...

A Scientific Case for the Human Soul?
Originally Posted: 11/02/2012 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

So what happens when someone dies? Hameroff theorizes that the quantum processes previously taking place within the brain rejoin the larger proto-consciousness that exists in the universe. ...

QUIRK: Ph.D. Students Explain their Research Using Interpretive Dance
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

Ph.D. students explain their research using interpretive dance. Science students are known for their interpretive dance skills, right? Well, soon they might be. For the las ...

The Sound of Learning
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The dangers that swirl around her come from gender stereotypes that threaten to curb her scientific interests. I worry that she will internalize the myth that boys are good in math and science and girls are n ...

Separation Anxiety: God is Dead! Long Live God!
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

Standing in the pulpit of Riverside Church, a congregation build by Rockefeller money, Henry Emerson Fosdick calls out all of Protestant Christianity. In our desire to meet the criticisms of atheists, in our d ...

Science, Faith, and An Ongoing Conversation
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 2:57pm | Type: Blog

Harry Emerson Fosdick was famous for lots of things, particularly the sermon "Shall The Fundamentalists Win?" which he preached on May 21, 1922. It was a call to arms of sorts within the church, enco ...

Music, Higgs Boson, and Feud
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 4:03pm | Type: Blog

Someone somewhere suggested that the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson particle renewed the ongoing feud between science and religion. I want to frame this a bit. You know science and religion cannot feud, r ...

QUIRK: PhD Comics Explains "The God Particle"
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

But the best part about the whole discussion is that it is animated! The folks at PhD comics “a grad student comic strip,” break down the entire talk with clever visuals and an engaging presentation style. ...

A Higgs Boson Walks Into a Church ...
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to Steve Knight for alerting me to this joke, which has become one of my instant favorites. After all, it combines two things I dig: nerd humor and theology (also nerdy). ...

'God Particle' Discovery Ignites Debate Over Science and Religion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:42pm | Type: Blog

The July 4 discovery that marked a new chapter in scientific knowledge also reignited debate over the universe’s origins — and the validity of religious faith as scientific knowledge expands. ...

North Carolina Continues to Ignore Science
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

According to the Atlantic Cities, lawmakers in North Carolina have chosen to ignore studies that show sea levels are rising faster than previously expected in favor of developing new housing along the coast. ...

God Particles (or Everything You Wanted to Know About Higgs-Boson But Were Afraid to Ask)
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Physicists answer the question "What is the Higgs-Boson?" In 1964, the British physicist Peter Higgs wrote a landmark paper hypothesizing why elementary particles have m ...

Dalai Lama Wins Templeton Prize for Work on Science, Religion
Originally Posted: 03/29/2012 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, won the 2012 Templeton Prize on Thursday (March 29), a $1.7 million award that is often described as the most prestigious award in religion. NE ...

O, the Irony: In Galileo’s Hometown, Vatican Celebrates Science
Originally Posted: 02/03/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Nearly four centuries after the Roman Catholic Church branded Galileo Galilei a heretic for positing that the sun was the center of the universe, the Vatican is co-hosting a major science exhibition in his hom ...

Do Evangelicals Hate Smart People?
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

Do Evangelicals hate smart people? No. But it is such a persistent rumor that it might take something as momentous as another Protestant Reformation to see it die. Why? Do Evange ...

Why Christianity and Comics Go Together
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

I remember vividly the first time I went to a comic book shop with my mom. I'd sneaked there before. But this time was different. I remember vividly the first time I went to ...

Speculative Fiction, the Church, and Hope
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

So NPR just released the results of their survey for the "Top 100 Science-fiction and Fantasy Books." It's a great list with some of my all-time favorite books on it (although I disagree with ...

Friday Links Round Up: Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week:</p> Puppies. Sudan. Atlantis. Here's a litt ...

Worship, Liturgy, and an Introduction to Poet Scott Kinder-Pyle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian pastor in Spokane, Washington, and the featured poet in <em>Sojourners</em>' July issue. Scott Kinder-Pyle is a Presbyterian p ...

Entering God's Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

My daughter has had a difficult time understanding Lent this year. My daughter has had a difficult time understanding Lent this year. She was all about pancakes and beads on Mardi ...

Remembering the Real, Radical Martin Luther King
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

"I had no idea Martin Luther King was a radical!" These shocked words were spoken to me this weekend after an activist training I'd been running in Sydney. "I ...

How To Talk With Climate Change Skeptics
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

The reasons for raising doubts about the human causes of global warming, explains <em>Skeptical Science's</em> John Cook, are often political rather than scientific. ...

Why I Do Not Support President Obama's Decision on Libya
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Last evening, President Obama forcefully <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/29/us/politics/29prexy-text.html" target="_blank">defended</a> his decision to launch airstrikes ...

Salt And Light in Salt, Jordan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

I was overwhelmed with gratitude as I toured the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf with director Brother Andrew de la Carpentier. I was overwhelmed with gratitude as I toured the H ...

Embrace Your Crisis of Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<h1><span style="font-weight: normal; font-size: 13px;">A crisis of faith -- when you seriously question whether what you believe/how you see/what you're committed to is actually tru ...

Defending the 'Cult' of Environmentalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Environmentalism is "deadly." It is "one of the greatest deceptions of our day," "striving to put America and the world under its destructive control" and "seducing your chil ...

Friday Links Round Up: Dead Coral in the Gulf. Rubik's Cubes. Election Results
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/11/05/friday-links-round-up-dead-coral-in-the-gulf-rubiks-cubes-election-results/" target="_blank"></a>Dead Coral in the Gulf. Rubik& ...

Inception: The Art of Paying Attention in Books and Film
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> I've been reading Paul Harding's debut novel, Tinkers, which was this year's surprise Pulitzer Prize winner. It's a modest tome -- slim of build, light in the hand. ...