Author: Nick Knisely

How to welcome the refugee and the foreigner into the land

Current Affairs

Looking for information about the Syrian refugee situation for Episcopalians and what you can do to get involved, to welcome the stranger and the alien into the land (Leviticus 19:34)? Got you covered: To help understand the current situation with Syrian refugees, the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society will present two live webinars, both 60 minutes long, on Thursday, November 19 and Monday, November 23 to examine this emerging refugee crisis. Presented by the Domestic […]

Bill Nye contra climate change deniers

Climate Change

Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is releasing a new book on the science behind Climate Change and the implications – in the short and long term – for all us. When asked about the myths that have come to surround the whole topic he speaks very plainly: The biggest myth is that scientific uncertainty, plus or minus so many percent, is the same as doubt about the whole thing. And that’s wrong; that’s patently wrong. […]

Memory eternal: René Girard


René Girard, a major influence on my faith and theology, died yesterday. The renowned Stanford French professor, one of the 40 immortels of the prestigious Académie Française, died at his Stanford home on Nov. 4 at the age of 91, after long illness. Fellow immortel and Stanford Professor Michel Serres once dubbed him “the new Darwin of the human sciences.” The author who began as a literary theorist was fascinated by everything. History, anthropology, sociology, […]

“Science alone cannot save the planet”

Religion / Science

Anglicans and Orthodox believers are organizing in advance of the upcoming UN Summit on Climate Change: Science alone cannot save the planet the spiritual leader of an estimated 300 million Orthodox Christians has insisted, as he joined forces with the Archbishop of Canterbury urging followers around the world to fight climate change. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, insisted that global warming is a “moral crisis” requiring millions of people to change their day-to-day […]

The Creation Museum: More about the founder’s fears than their faith


  Savannah Cox, writing in Salon about the Creation Museum Petersburg KY: A closer look at the Petersburg attraction reveals that the questions raised in the museum are deeply existential, and ones which are steeped in — and troubled by — an atheistic logic: If it is indeed true that Adam and Eve did not literally exist, as science says, then there is no original sin. If there is no original sin, then Jesus did […]

‘Zeno effect’ verified—atoms won’t move while you watch


From the Weeping Angels developmental lab: One of the oddest predictions of quantum theory – that a system can’t change while you’re watching it – has been confirmed in an experiment by Cornell physicists. Their work opens the door to a fundamentally new method to control and manipulate the quantum states of atoms and could lead to new kinds of sensors. The experiments were performed in the Utracold Lab of Mukund Vengalattore, assistant professor of […]

Pew: Non-religious people see conflict between science and religion. Religious people don’t.

Religion / SOSc

New Pew study on the perceived levels of conflict between science and religion in American culture: While 59 percent of U.S. adults say they saw science and religion in conflict, that drops to 30 percent when people are asked about their own religious beliefs. It turns out that the most highly religious were least likely to see conflict. And those who said they saw the most conflict between the two worldviews in society are people who personally claimed […]