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Book review: The New Cosmic Story

As science progresses and we learn more about the universe and our place within it, what role does religion and spiritual thought play in unlocking the mysteries of our cosmic beginnings? John Haught’s latest book The New Cosmic Story grapples with the big questions of our existence and how religion has a far greater role in understanding the universe than some ...

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Illusions and mythmaking with Freud and Darwin

Freud and Darwin—two iconic-yet-controversial historical figures whose work continues to have a tremendous influence in helping us understand who we are and how we evolved. But with the release of new biographies on the pair, what other aspects of their life can we uncover? Nick Mattiske reviews. The grand theories of Darwin and Freud, along with that of Karl Marx, ...

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Exploring the big questions of science

Although some might see an irreconcilable tension between science and religion, the quest for knowledge and meaning lies at the heart of both. While our understanding of the universe and humanity is constantly evolving as scientific breakthroughs occur, where does religious faith sit in our thinking? Nick Mattiske explores the big questions of science and faith in two books on ...

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National Science Week special

To coincide with National Science Week (12-20 August) here are some science-related stories we’ve written over the years:  Stem cell biologist Dr Nathan Palpant talks to Dianne Jensen Physicist Dr Joel Corney talks to Dianne Jensen.  Book review: Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality  Book review: The Big Questions in Science and Religion Book review: God’s Undertaker  Opinion: Engaging science     

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In the beginning: Unlocking the secrets of human development

“We really need to wrestle with how we engage with and understand human suffering.” Stem cell biologist Dr Nathan Palpant talks to Dianne Jensen about the nexus between Christian faith and his cutting-edge research using human stem cells to understand disease and develop new therapies. Most of us never forget that first look through the microscope at a pin prick ...

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Friday’s religion wrap

Magnifying glass over an open Bible.

The Journey team selects stories that got us talking this week.  Gospel tunes only part of His plans News.com.au reports on The Voice band He Planned Us and their dismissal from the reality television show due to their gospel-only preferences in song selection. Partnered with Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland as their coach, the trio declared, “We really, really, really always wanna sing ...

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Book review: Beyond Matter

Beyond Matter. Photo: Supplied

Science may not hold all the answers about the universe and ourselves but does it need metaphysics and philosophy? Roger Trigg’s Beyond Matter grapples with science, scientism and metaphysics while examining the big questions around purpose and design. Nick Mattiske reviews. Science has shaped our modern world, therefore our atheist friends tend to think it can explain everything, eliminating the ...

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Climate change: a spiritual crisis

Martha, UnitingWorld gender project officer, standing in front of a devastated Port Vila. Photo by UnitingWorld.

Climate change isn’t just an issue of science and economics, it is also a spiritual crisis for people in the Pacific who are most affected. Cath Taylor explores. Can God fix climate change? It’s the question on the lips of many within Pacific churches—this month more than ever in the wake of one of the region’s most deadly cyclones. Vanuatu’s ...

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A quantum leap of faith

University of Queensland senior lecturer in physics Dr Joel Corney. Photo by Holly Jewell.

If there’s one principle that religion and quantum physics agree on, it’s that the search for truth requires an open mind. Physicist Dr Joel Corney talks to Dianne Jensen. Consider this: The only thing we can be sure about is that uncertainty is fundamental to the universe. University of Queensland (UQ) Senior Lecturer in Physics Dr Joel Corney is a ...

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