Snapshots of “Freedom All the Way Up”

God created the universe(s) to provide the space and conditions for the emergence of habitable bio-niches in which agape-capable beings would eventually emerge to live in agape-love relations with God and with others. Earth is one such emergent bio-niche, and Homo sapiens are an instance of such emergent agape-loving beings. In other words, the telos (purpose) of the universe is to be birthing-space, nursery, and home for agape-capable beings in relationships and actions of agape-love towards God and others. – Christian Barrigar, Faith All the Way Up: God and the Meaning of Life in a Scientific Age, 21Read more…

Interview with 2017 Christian Scholars Foundation Grant Awardee Jill Ellenbarger

Jill Ellenbarger is one of the two scholars who received a 2017 Christian Scholars Foundation Grant, given to ESN members who are junior faculty. In this interview, she talks about her research, how the CSF grant is supporting her work, and how her faith and her scholarly vocation fit together.Read more…

Conference: “From Sea to Sea … to Sky! Science & Christianity in Canada”

The Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation (CSCA) is holding a one-time special conference at, and co-hosted by, Trinity Western University (near Vancouver BC) from May 11-14, 2018 (dinner Friday through lunch Monday). The abstract deadline has been extended to January 31.Read more…

How Did You Do It? Faith and My Dissertation

Last fall, I defended my Ph.D. dissertation, and in May I attended my graduation at Virginia Tech’s Blacksburg campus. My studies were challenging, especially since I was changing my discipline, from engineering to Science and Technology Studies (STS), which is built around a core of history, sociology, and philosophy.Read more…

Does the Bible support discovery of God’s creation through scientific method/inquiry? (STEAM Grant Series April Question, Post 2)

Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount, encourages his disciples to “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow […]” (Matthew 6:28b, ESV). In doing so, Jesus calls us into a deep contemplation of the created order, not as an end in itself, but as a means of knowing God.Read more…

Words of Authority (Scholar’s Compass)

In large engineering projects such as the construction sites I work on, engineers rely on documents issued by others to make decisions and build things under time constraint. A “for construction” stamp and the author’s initials on a drawing assure us that the design is ready for construction, and that we can contact the engineer for further advice.Read more…