Summer 2018

Editorial

FOR SOME time now, given the noisiness of the “new atheists” we have been pondering a SEARCH issue on Science and Faith to help readers engage in a conversation, rather than an altercation, in this area, seeing the two as complementary to one another in our understanding of reality.
FOR SOME time now, given the noisiness of the “new atheists” we have been pondering a SEARCH issue on Science and Faith to help readers engage in a conversation, rather than an altercation, in this area, seeing the two as complementary to one another in our understanding of reality. Having gathered a variety of material for this issue, it is a joy to introduce it with a special article by Keith ward, former Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University and noted writer in this field. (His latest book, Love is His Meaning, is also featured among our book reviews. ) Theodicy is a key area for pondering in the conversation, since so often the question arises “How can God – if he exists – allow suffering in his creation?” There is no neat answer to the question, as is pointed out by Cathriona Russell in her article “Creation: an invitation to share God’s love”. However william Olhausen in his “Christian apologetics and the challenge of science” shares some helpful observations. Engaging both head and heart in this area is not easy, and our contributors have done so in different ways. Michael Fuller of Edinburgh University puts his passion into insisting on conversation, not conflict, reminding us that many scientists are also faithful Christians. Mark Gallagher, recently graduated from CITI, chides church people for making little attempt to engage scientists in discussion, relating to the symbol and metaphor of scientific discourse. Gillian Straine, a cancer survivor herself, brings her own experience to bear on how prevailing metaphors surrounding cancer help or hinder the sufferer to understand themselves as made in the image of God. Moving outside the specifically Christian sphere of thinking, it is good to welcome the Muslim cosmologist M. Basil Altaie of Yarmouk University in Jordan to our team.. His reflections on modern cosmological thinking in relation to the Qu’uran and developments in Islamic philosophy are enlightening. This issue concludes with an In Retrospect by Prof John Bartlett on his onetime mentor in TCD, Professor H F woodhouse, and a Liturgica page by Dean Tom Gordon. A striking collection of book reviews completes the summer offering. Enjoy the read!

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