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Pope’s Environmental Encyclical: What We Know So Far

Pope Francis (Photo available on Flickr) Last Saturday, Salesian Father Guiseppe Costa, director of the Vatican publishing house, told reporters that the much-anticipated papal encyclical on the environment will be titled “Laudato Sii” (Praised be), and will be released June 16th. While the Vatican press office declined to confirm Fr. Costa’s statements, his leak turned […]

June 3rd

Badiuzzaman: Building Bridges Between Science & Religion (Part 2)

Originally published on Living in the Ottoman Empire at the end of the 19th century where a swirling of ideological clashes and philosophical quarrels of concepts took place, the Kurdish Sunni Imam Badiuzzaman Said Nursi was steadily moving in his enlightened way in unwavering footsteps based upon two pillars: science and religion. In the […]

May 23rd

What Republicans Mean When They Compare Climate Change to Religion

The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. Follow RD on Facebook or Twitter for daily updates and be sure to check out RD’s cool, new science section, The Cubit, which examines the intersection between science, religion, technology, and ethics. Last week, Texas Republican Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, […]

May 7th

Is Climate Change Denial A Sin?

  As I noted yesterday, it’s not a stretch to argue that climate change is a human rights issue, and, by extension, a moral issue. Extreme weather, droughts, floods, and other consequences of a warming atmosphere impact real people, often the world’s poorest.  And those of us in the developed world – or, the world’s richest […]

Magic, But Not In Black and White

The occult has traditionally enjoyed a mixed, often lukewarm at best, reception among organized religions. Chaos Magic, a relatively recently developed postmodern occult tradition which emphasizes the pragmatic use of belief systems, seems unlikely to buck the trend. (Add to that Chaos Magic’s mutual feelings towards religion.) But by taking an objective approach, we can […]

December 26th

Can Science and Religion Be Friends?

It comes as no surprise that the earliest pioneers of science were also men of faith. Religion was far more central to society in general and was the predominant sponsor of academic institutions during the time of Copernicus, Bacon, and Kepler. Galileo, known in popular culture as a rebel against church authority, actually held the […]

December 16th

Pope Francis Puts His Faith in Science

Creationism is (unfortunately/embarrassingly/scarily) taking off in the United States. A Gallup poll from June 2014 found that more than four in ten Americans continue to believe that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago. And an April 2014 AP-GfK poll saw a majority of Americans (51 percent) questioning the Big Bang. We […]

October 29th

Science and Religion Unite on Climate Change

The movement to stem climate change has many scientists seeking an unlikely alliance: religious leaders. Specifically, scientists are looking at Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, and others for support. It is a new approach to get the message out to the public and increase action. Science Looking for a “Moral” Voice for Climate Action Science and religion have […]

September 30th