<![CDATA[ God & Nature Magazine - blog]]>Wed, 09 Mar 2016 12:32:25 -0800EditMySite<![CDATA[God & Nature magazine: New articles online]]>Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:24:54 GMThttp://godandnature.asa3.org/blog/god-nature-magazine-new-articles-onlinePicture
Our Winter Edition of God & Nature magazine is close to complete! Visit the site to check out new items by contributors Thomas Jay Oord (a breathtaking photo essay), John F. Pohl (a heartfelt reflection on a doctor's view of suffering), Emily Ruppel (an opinion piece about GMO's), and a poem by Carlos Pinkham.

<![CDATA[God & Nature magazine: Special issue on Health and Medicine]]>Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:27:15 GMThttp://godandnature.asa3.org/blog/god-nature-magazine-special-issue-on-health-and-medicinePicture
We have a great issue of God & Nature magazine in progress, a special edition on health and medicine from a Christian perspective. So far this season we've published essays by doctors and scientists on topics like hospice care—the "Tao of Departing," growing up and growing old, the degree of randomness in mutations, and a poem about living with a clever life-saving device that in fact makes its wearer part human, part cow.

Check it out here: http://godandnature.asa3.org

<![CDATA[God & Nature Special Issue on Environmentalism]]>Sat, 25 Jan 2014 15:22:09 GMThttp://godandnature.asa3.org/blog/special-issue-environmentalismPicture
In case you haven't been following along throughout the season, we've been collecting a great series of articles, essays, poetry, and more on the topic of Environmentalism for our Fall issue of God & Nature magazine. Our writers for this edition have tackled special topics like the health of the ocean and how our diets and daily habits affect the landscape around us, give practical advice about how to get involved in caring for creation, and scriptural motivations for thinking about our relationship to and responsibility for the natural world.

Check it out here: http://godandnature.asa3.org/fall-2013.html

We'll be launching the first of our Winter articles—a special issue on Health and Medicine—next week. 

<![CDATA[New in God & Nature magazine: Two essays on the ethics of eating]]>Sun, 17 Nov 2013 21:06:59 GMThttp://godandnature.asa3.org/blog/new-in-god-nature-magazine-two-essays-on-the-ethics-of-eatingPicture
This week in God & Nature magazine, we feature two essays on environmental eating from alternate perspectives. Grace Mican, an environmental studies student at Bellarmine University, writes about the research and thinking that has inspired her and countless others to forgo eating meat, while Jay Hollman, a physician in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, writes about the ambiguity in much of the data that dictates why we eat the way we do, and calls for an end to the growing obsession with restrictive diets. 

<![CDATA[Today's featured article on God & Nature: "Is there Hope for the Ocean?"]]>Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:33:28 GMThttp://godandnature.asa3.org/blog/todays-featured-article-on-god-nature-is-there-hope-for-the-oceanPicture
<![CDATA[Today's featured article on God & Nature magazine: Poetry for Scientists?]]>Thu, 12 Sep 2013 23:18:32 GMThttp://godandnature.asa3.org/blog/todays-featured-article-on-god-nature-magazine-poetry-for-scientistsPicture
"Scientists have a problem here. We spend much of our lives in a largely 'objective' mode, keeping ourselves aloof from feelings and out of the data as much as possible. We don't want to be stirred. We don't trust our emotions. Carry that too far and we turn ourselves into soulless machines."

This week, join writer, editor, retired chemist, and regular God & Nature columnist Walt Hearn for a discussion of what poetry should mean, if anything, to working scientists. Can such patently critical, rationally motivated academics gain anything from the study of poetry? What about participation in writing it? 

In both our daily lives and in our science communication efforts, it can help to have a passing familiarity, if not intimacy, with the elements of poetry, the written form which requires perhaps the most sensitivity to the sound, meaning, and aesthetics of the language we so often take for granted.

As usual, Walt says it best. Read the full article here. 

<![CDATA[Today on God & Nature magazine: an essay by Dave Harrity]]>Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:48:42 GMThttp://godandnature.asa3.org/blog/today-on-god-nature-magazine-an-essay-by-dave-harrityPicture
It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of modern life. But here in Kentucky we've still got a few more sun-filled weeks in which to enjoy the warmth and green lushness of the summer woods. Today, author Dave Harrity takes us on an ordinary walk in the woods... depending on your point of view, that is. 

"Once I was walking this trail with my children when my daughter did something unexpected. We were clipping along when—walking just ahead of us—she stopped suddenly. Her brother and I stopped too, since she’d commandingly put out her arms. She whipped around and whispered loud to us—as kids often do—putting her finger to her lips: 'Shhhhhhh, quiet!' And we became so, all of us standing still in the sounds of the small forest: echoing bird songs and the slight snap of animals combing the woods. We stood there for a long time. My daughter then whispered, 'Hear God?'"

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<![CDATA[Today on God & Nature magazine: Science, Faith, and Creativity by Ruth Bancewicz]]>Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:45:57 GMThttp://godandnature.asa3.org/blog/today-on-god-nature-magazine-science-faith-and-creativity-by-ruth-bancewiczPicture
Today on God & Nature magazine, join the Faraday Institute's Ruth Bancewicz for a few thoughts on the creativity of scientists. Her article draws on some insights from Susan Hackwood, a former department head at Bell Laboratories, who provides some helpful insights into the nature of creativity and how to nurture creative traits.

"The first creative trait is generating ideas – not just having ideas, which is something everyone does to some extent, but being uninhibited in voicing them. The second trait is 'autonomous personal vision.' Truth, goodness and beauty: everyone's definition may vary a bit, but the values are there and they drive what we do. The abilities that contribute to creativity are a readiness to master new knowledge and skills, and being able to sustain intense focused effort towards a goal. So how can one nurture these gifts?"

Click here for the full article!

<![CDATA[Today on God & Nature magazine: Do the Heavens Declare the Glory of God? A sermon by Own Gingerich]]>Fri, 16 Aug 2013 15:11:52 GMThttp://godandnature.asa3.org/blog/today-on-god-nature-magazine-do-the-heavens-declare-the-glory-of-god-a-sermon-by-own-gingerichPicture
Today on God & Nature magazine, we're thrilled to be featuring an essay by Harvard astronomer and long-time ASAer Owen Gingerich, who speaks to us of the indescribable privilege we have of being alive in the universe and able to contemplate its majesty. 

"A God of very large numbers is impressive, but it is not a God we would choose to worship. A God of incomprehensible majesty, yes. But trying to understand that God is like the puppy trying to understand Isaac Newton. Is it just wishful thinking when we say that the heavens declare the glory of God?  

But wait a minute!  A God of such magnificence and wisdom could well have power to limit itself, to wear a mask of himself or herself in order to relate to its creatures. And notice that word “creatures” — in itself, this carries the idea of our being created. Created creatures with the power to think, to think theologically, to think inspired thoughts."

<![CDATA[Today on God & Nature magazine: a quick comic diversion]]>Mon, 12 Aug 2013 18:11:00 GMThttp://godandnature.asa3.org/blog/today-on-god-nature-magazine-a-quick-comic-diversionPicture
The great thing about comics is that they speak for themselves. So, without further ado, the link: http://godandnature.asa3.org/comic-work-in-progress.html