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This blog compiles the occasional musings of Randy Isaac who was ASA Executive Director from 2005 to 2016 and is now ASA Director Emeritus.

 

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On Faith and Science

Posted By Randall D. Isaac, Friday, September 22, 2017

For those of you unable to attend the ASA 2017 annual meeting in Golden, CO, you missed an excellent, well-attended meeting. Recordings are available and highly recommended. I would particularly recommend the ones based on the topic of energy sustainability by Hayhoe, Hutchinson, and Pratt as well as the related contributed talks.

You may have seen that my review of Lucas Mix's book, Thinking Fair, was published in the September 2017 issue of PSCF. I hope it generates some sales for him but more importantly a broader awareness and practice of the concepts he espouses.

I have finished my review of the Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science. It will be published in Science and Christian Belief, the publication of the organization Christians in Science.

Now for my next project. I just received my review copy of the new book On Faith and Science, by Ed Larson and Michael Ruse. It promises to be an insightful book on the history and philosophy of the encounter between science and faith and I look forward to reading it. I intend to post my notes on this blog as I go for anyone who might be interested so stay tuned.

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2016 ASA Annual Meeting

Posted By Randall D. Isaac, Monday, August 29, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, so let me catch up on a few things until I get back to Ellis chapter 4.

First and foremost, I was delighted to be able to attend the ASA 2016 annual meeting, enjoying it without the responsibility of being the executive director for the first time since 2004. Azusa Pacific University was a great site for the meeting. The lodging, meals, and meeting rooms were in close proximity and served as a great locale. Above all, the plenary talks were excellent. All recordings are available here. My favorite was Bill Newsome’s talk on neuroscience. He brought ideas very similar to what George Ellis is talking about. He credits Nancey Murphy and colleagues just like Ellis does. It’s worth a listen.

There’s also a great summary of the meeting by Scott Buchanan in his blog. It’s well worth reading.

I’ve also had to interrupt my reading of Ellis to review and endorse Denis Lamoureux’s forthcoming book. Hope to discuss it in the future on this blog.

And a second interruption was to read Kenton Spark’s “Sacred Words, Broken Words” for our Grace Chapel book discussion group. Also an excellent read.

So all this explains my hiatus on Ellis. I hope to be back at it soon.

If any of you readers attended the meeting, how about a comment to tell us how you liked it and your favorite talk.

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