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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

The intricate beauty and complexity of the natural world have long captivated human imagination and inspired scientific inquiry. For many Christians, exploring the wonders of creation through science deepens their faith and appreciation for God’s handiwork.

A Midsummer Reading List

To provide a fresh voice—and thus a fresh summer reading list—we’ve asked C.W. Howell to describe his recommended reading for the summer. Chris (as he goes by in person!) is a writer, who holds a PhD in religion from Duke University. He has taught at Duke and Elon Universities and is the academic director at the C.S. Lewis Foundation. His upcoming first book is a history of the intelligent design movement, to be published by NYU Press. He writes regularly on religion, science, and technology—as well as science fiction, pop culture, and C.S. Lewis—on his website.

Pondering God’s Presence Inside and Outside

Though Augustine does affirm philosophy and the value of natural knowledge, in the opening quotation, he derided those that sought a knowledge of nature but not of the self. This challenge led me to wonder if we, who take in the insights of science and faith, who read the books of nature and Scripture, can have both? Can we put together our searching the cosmos and the soul?

AI and You: Perfect Together?

AI and You: Perfect Together?

We don’t really know artificial intelligence unless we know what it means to have human cognition because, given the Turing Test example, AI is supposed to mirror how we think. The key question that AI requires us to ask then is this: What does it mean to be human?

Relational Fitness: The Secret to Happiness

Relational Fitness: The Secret to Happiness

A closer reading of scripture uncovers a significant similarity between Harvard’s study and God’s foundational design for relationships. From God’s declaration that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone (Genesis 2:18) to the establishment of the church by Jesus, relationships are shown as fundamental to a believer’s fulfillment and happiness.

Awe: A Vital Bridge Between Science and Worship

Awe: A Vital Bridge Between Science and Worship

I invite you to pause and remember moments when you have experienced awe. Maybe you were out in nature or had an insight into how nature works. Maybe it was through family or friends. Perhaps it was a memorable time of worship. Savor those moments; they are powerful reminders of a God that is greater than anything we can possibly imagine. They are a vital part of how we worship that same God.

What You Liked Best: The Top Six Newsletters from 2023, PART ONE

What You Liked Best: The Top Six Newsletters from 2023, PART ONE

We’re ending the year by highlighting the 2023 newsletters that, based on open rates, you liked best. This batch comes from the first half of the year. It starts with Drew taking on some difficult issues in bringing together faith and science in congregations, then moves to Ed’s foray into Artificial Intelligence via Chat GPT, and finally a more speculative piece I wrote on change, our world, and where God fits in all this.

A Time of Signs and Wonder

A Time of Signs and Wonder

It is the most wonderful time of the year, but not because of the reasons given by Emmy winner and American singer Andy Williams. It is the most wonderful time because we are reminded of a God who moves toward us, who breaks free, and who cannot be contained. In Christ, God shows up and pours out his love by taking on flesh and dwelling among us.

Material Matters

Material Matters

The God who comes on Christmas morning created unfathomable amounts of stuff that scientists help us to see and appreciate. This is an unexpected way we can prepare for Christmas—to delight in all that God created.

When Jesus was an Embryo

When Jesus was an Embryo

This Christmas, think about how our wise, loving, patient God entered the ancient Middle East—“Taking the very nature of a servant”—and trusted himself to the developmental processes that had been created through him.

A Prophet of Hope for the Holidays

A Prophet of Hope for the Holidays

I knew R.E.M. shaped the outlook of an entire generation in some important ways, but I had not heard them acknowledge the very quest I was on in the 1990s. These were the years I was owning my Christian faith while studying physics at Northwestern.

Toward a Wesleyan Ecology: Establishing an Incarnational Christian Presence

Toward a Wesleyan Ecology: Establishing an Incarnational Christian Presence

God’s love transforming every believer should propel them to practice works of love for their brothers and sisters. In other words, caring for those in need calls for an attitude of humility, genuine benevolence, and gratitude towards the Creator. Since God’s love is actualized in Christ Jesus, we should establish a Christian presence that incarnates his love through tangible actions.

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