A Sense of Awe: science, faith and wonder

Archive for the ‘main posts’ Category

October 3, 2011 0

A word from my mentor

By in main posts

As you might have gathered, I’m a neophyte radio freelancer working on only my third program. I’m enjoying the challenge but I don’t have years of experience or training. And some of the ropes are tricky to learn. Margaret Coffey is an ABC old hand and my mentor at Encounter. So I asked Margaret to […]

September 30, 2011 0

Of Gothic cathedrals and natural wonders

By in main posts

Interviewing Nancey Murphy and Denis Alexander Allow me to introduce two guests featuring on the coming Encounter program. One grew up on the land in North America and finds little awe in nature but wonders at Gothic cathedrals. The other, from Britain, has had his fill of cathedrals but finds the mountains awe inspiring. Recently […]

September 27, 2011 1

An interview with John Lennox

By in main posts

Chris Mulherin: John Lennox, you’re an Oxford mathematician but perhaps better known to the public as one of those who does public battle with Richard Dawkins and the new atheists. Recently you debated atheist philosopher Peter Singer in Melbourne. Why do you divide your time in such disparate pursuits? John Lennox: I don’t think they’re […]

September 23, 2011 0

A time for everything?

By in main posts

There’s an old anecdote that haunts me as I rush about my life in the global fast-lane. It’s about a Western traveler in another culture, in a hurry to get to the end of the journey. One version goes like this: In the deep jungles of Africa, a traveler was making a long trek. Local […]

September 16, 2011 2

Is awe still possible? – George Levine responds

By in main posts

George Levine has kindly responded to my original article which posed the question, “Is awe still possible in a secular age?” In that article I mentioned Professor Levine’s book The Joy of Secularism which contains chapters by 11 authors, including Charles Taylor. Levine’s introduction to the book explains its purpose this way: This book was […]

September 7, 2011 0

That’s awesome! But is it true?

By in main posts

This post is based on the second part of an article originally published on the ABC Religion site. In a previous piece, Initial thoughts on awe, I asked whether enchantment is still possible in a secular age. Traditionally the sense of awe or wonder has been linked to religious or transcendental views of the universe […]

August 31, 2011 3

Initial thoughts on awe in a secular age

By in main posts

The following post is an edited part of an article originally published on the ABC Religion site. In a Nietzschean world without God or gods, is enchantment still an option? In a world bereft of the Platonic forms of beauty and goodness, in a world where we “know” that love and wonder boil down to […]

August 21, 2011 13

An invitation

By in main posts

Welcome to “A Sense of Awe,” a discussion about science, faith and wonder. Please look around and join the conversation. This weekend I’ll be heading south to the cooler climes of Tasmania seeking re-enchantment. I’ll be attending a conference put on by ISCAST, a group of mostly scientists who are also Christians. The conference, which […]