Items included on this page come from a variety of sources. The perspectives conveyed may or may not express a Lutheran ethos. They can serve our instruction as discussion-starters, examples (positive and negative), and illustrations of intersections between God’s two kingdoms, intersections sometimes characterized by tension, sometimes by congruence. Inclusion does not imply endorsement.

Defining Science (vs. Pseudo-Science)

Science and Pseudo-Science: The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has substantially updated its entry on science and pseudo-science (April 11, 2017).  The discussion can help students realize the epistemological difficulties in sorting out data, hypothesis, information, theory, and ontology.   The new treatment emphasizes “that there is much more agreement on particular cases of demarcation than […]

New Fossil Finds: Curating the Dead

Dizzying New Evidence In Human Evolution Provokes Debates:  Fossils found over the past several decades have increasingly complicated our understanding of human evolution. Our early ancestors did not simply become bigger brained and more upright over time. New information coming out of the Rising Star dig includes the excavation of a second chamber with more Homo […]

God’s Existence: More Likely Than Not

Five rational arguments why God (very probably) exists: Robert H. Nelson is Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, and author of God? Very Probably: Five Rational Ways to Think about the Question of a God (Cascade, 2015). This article begins with mathematics and offers a brief summary of the content, and can serve as a starter piece […]

Conducting the Climate Change Dialectic

There Must Be More Productive Ways To Talk About Climate Change: Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist at Texas Tech University and also an evangelical Christian who engages Christians and others in the ways we talk to and past each other on this issue and many controversial issues in science.  This 5 min. audio-plus-transcript suggests methods […]

The Ethics Curriculum in Nazi Germany

Lectures on Inhumanity: Teaching Medical Ethics in German Medical Schools Under Nazism — Students should learn that comparisons and analogies to Nazi Germany are often tenuous.  Nevertheless this study from the Annals of Internal Medicine offers an informed examination of ethics gone awry in one of the most advanced cultures in history: “Course catalogs and […]

Is Genesis History? A Review and Critique

Natural Sciences

“Is Genesis History?” Revisiting an Age-Old Debate: This article reviews and critiques the film “Is Genesis History?” and the presentation of its perspective on the science/religion issues.  The writer addresses how the film makes its case which he argues will increase rather than decrease confusion, particularly for college students.

Bill Nye, the Scientism Guy

The Real “Anti-Science”: Agree or disagree, this argumentative essay can assist students with teasing out the continuing public issues over science education, definitions of science, science and ideology, and who speaks for science. “There are at least three means by which these supposed defenders of science actually undermine it through their political tactics.”

On the New Artificial Womb

An extra-uterine system to physiologically support the extreme premature lamb: Scientists have created an “artificial womb” in the hopes of someday using the device to save babies born extremely prematurely.  Study research Dr. Alan Flake says his team has no interest in trying to gestate a fetus any earlier than about 23 weeks into pregnancy: “I […]

 

Models, Examples, and Suggestions for Instruction

 
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