April 2010

Today is Earth Day (here is the official Canadian website).  This is a day dedicated to raise awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s environment.  Apparently the true inventor of Earth Day was a Pentecostal named John McConnell (see this blog entry and the links within for a full account).

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:39, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:9, Galatians 5:14, and James 2:8)

Here’s a thought:  How can we truly love our neighbour (and future generations!) without also caring for the environment in which they (will) inhabit?

Bruce Waltke, a world-renowned old testament bible scholar, coming from a reformed conservation tradition has resigned (from the Reformed Theological Seminary) over a statement he made concerning evolution in a video posted on Biologos.

A good account is provided in this Inside Higher Ed article.

Perhaps the crucial quote was:

“If the data is overwhelmingly in favor of evolution, to deny that reality will make us a cult … some odd group that is not really interacting with the world. And rightly so, because we are not using our gifts and trusting God’s Providence that brought us to this point of our awareness.”

It’s a sad state of affairs when someone has to resign over such a statement … ridiculous, even for a private college.

A good roundup of views on the blogosphere can be found here.

Update: More information of the continuing saga can be found here.

“Francisco J. Ayala, an evolutionary geneticist and molecular biologist who has vigorously opposed the entanglement of science and religion while also calling for mutual respect between the two, has won the 2010 Templeton Prize.”  Templeton Prize press release March 25th

On the Templeton webpage they have some short video answers by Francisco Ayala to some of the “big questions”, there is also a short interview here at the New Scientist, but it’s not as thorough.

The Templeton Prize is awarded on an annual basis a to a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.  Started in 1973, its recipients includes the likes of Mother Teresa, Thomas Torrance, Billy Graham, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.  In more recent years it has focussed on Scientist who have addressed matters of faith, such as Ian Barbour, Aurthur Peacocke, and John Polkinghorne.  A complete list of previous winners together with short bios and related links can be found here (this is actually quite a good resource for those interested in matters of Science and Faith).  Valued at one million pounds sterling (about $1.53 million or €1.12 million), the Prize is the world’s largest annual award given to an individual.