Wednesday, June 6

An Edenic Spring

Traditional environmentalist have both a celebration and yet a hidden guilt in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rachel Carlson who wrote

Silent Spring and launched much of the present environmentalist movement. Today's environmentalist celebrates what Rachel Carlson did yet at the same time silently moans over one more nasty human how now inhabits the world to pollute and destroy its pristine natural beauty. Humans are the problem and nature left to itself is the solution so the classic environmental theme goes. Humans must make as small footprint as possible. (Note my footprint is 14 acres so they say.)

But from a Christian perspective, the environment is looked upon in a decidedly different manner. Humans are not the parasite but the purpose for the world. Every square inch of the planet is to serve us and if an area has not been brought under dominion we've got work to do. Don't start thinking of slash and burn. That's hardly dominion if there is nothing left to rule over. It's more like a garden. We tend and nourish every last bit so that it can benefit us. Every inch is monitored and nurtured not deserted and neglected in untouched wilderness. For as much as many would deny it, nature left to itself works toward destruction. Think of something like red root pigweed. There are many regulating futures installed by the grace of God into this slow destruction but left to itself, nature would be worse off not better. A Christian's goal should never be to leave as little evidence of our existence but to cultivate, and nurture every last part of nature in protection from itself and humans equally.

Humans must save the earth and the first thing they must do is not go extinct themselves. We are the gardeners, the garden made for us.

Time to quit kill to treat--new ethical stem cell treatment

Thank God

Stem cells capable of making any tissue in the body have been created from ordinary skin cells, a world first that paves the way for revolutionary new treatments tailored to individual patients.

The pioneering research overcomes one of the most pressing ethical issues faced by stem cell scientists today - that the most promising variety of stem cells known can be obtained only from embryos, which are cannibalised when the cells are collected.

Saturday, June 2

Science, Evolution, and Faith

Sam Brownback really does a good look at faith and reason; science and evolution.
While no stone should be left unturned in seeking to discover the nature of man’s origins, we can say with conviction that we know with certainty at least part of the outcome. Man was not an accident and reflects an image and likeness unique in the created order. Those aspects of evolutionary theory compatible with this truth are a welcome addition to human knowledge. Aspects of these theories that undermine this truth, however, should be firmly rejected as an atheistic theology posing as science. Without hesitation, I am happy to raise my hand to that.

Well worth reading the whole thing.