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SCIENCE AND RELIGION Living with Tech: Dune and the possibility of a machine-free...

Frank Herbert’s novel (and its recent movie adaptation) Dune asks us to imagine a world without computers. Herbert writes of a “Butlerian Jihad,” a religious crusade against machines. The name comes from Samuel Butler, who...

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SCIENCE AND RELIGION Relating to AI – keeping it in the family?

In 1909, the author E M Forster published a story called ‘The Machine Stops’ in the Oxford and Cambridge Review. In it, he describes a world in which humans live isolated lives, their every physical...

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CHURCH ACTION Giving thanks for the life of Sir John Houghton, climate...

On Saturday I was in a small village hall in Aberdyfi, on the Welsh coast. In amongst amateur dramatics and music recitals, the hall was hosting perhaps one of its most significant events. It was...

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ECLAS AND COVID-19 Genetics and Healthcare: Q&A with Prof Carlos Bustamante

Last time we spoke, you were teaching population genetics at Stanford University. What are you working on now? I am president and CEO of a company called Galatea, based in Miami, and we’re building a...

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CHURCH ACTION Scientists in Congregations Guest Post: Life on the Edge

By Dr Mike Kent, project co-director of Life on the Edge at Wadebridge Methodist Church and Tubestation, Cornwall. Image credit: Adrian Langdon. Read more about Scientists in Congregations here. The Life on the Edge project is based at...

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CHURCH ACTION Seeing and believing: Lessons from “Doubting Thomas”

On the second Sunday of Easter, Anglicans traditionally reflect on Jesus’ appearance to so-called doubting Thomas. Richard Dawkins once proposed the apostle Thomas for the role of patron saint of science, as the only disciple that...

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CHURCH ACTION Blood, breath and bread: Understanding Death and Life

Death is a process, not an event. In the days before death, a person’s heartbeat and blood circulation slow down and they will begin to sleep more and more, increasingly lapsing into periods of unconsciousness....

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CHURCH ACTION Science-Engaged Worship at Easter

The affirmation of science as a gift from God can be actively incorporated into the church’s collective worship throughout the liturgical year.  At Easter we reflect on Christ, the firstborn over all creation and the...

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