Author: Dan Dawson

Book of Nature, Episode 10: The Large Hadron Collider

Dan Dawson hosts a discussion with Todd Pedlar and Charles Hackney on the subject of the Large Hadron Collider.  They have a lot of fun (maybe too much fun) discussing the science and culture around the largest and most complex machine ever built by human hands. Opening banter about the weather (again, what else?).  Dan…

Book Review: After the New Atheist Debate

After the New Atheist Debate By Phil Ryan 196 pp. University of Toronto Press $22.95. Of all the books written regarding the “New Atheist” (hereafter, NA) phenomenon, this the first that I’ve seen that has attempted to analyze it from a philosophical, sociological, and ethical perspective, while simultaneously refusing to take sides in what has often been…

Book of Nature, Episode 4: Faith and Reason

In episode 4, it is a period of civil war.  Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base… wait, wrong franchise! Ahem, in episode 4, Dan Dawson hosts a discussion with Todd Pedlar and Charles Hackney on the relationship between faith and reason.  The trio holds forth on the nuanced (and, yes, reasonable) definitions and practices of…

Book Review: “The Third Covenant: The Transmission of Consciousness in the work of Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Albert J. LaChance”

The Third Covenant: The Transmission of Consciousness in the work of Pierre Teilhard De Chardin, Thomas Berry, and Albert J. LaChance By Albert J. LaChance and Rebecca LaChance Goodwin 192 pp. North Atlantic Books. $14.95. I found this book very difficult to review mainly because it doesn’t lend itself to easy digestion. The book, written…

The Book of Nature Podcast, Episode #1: Opening The Book

Dan Dawson leads a discussion with Todd Pedlar and Charles Hackney to introduce the newest Christian Humanist Network project, “The Book of Nature”. The three scientists describe their respective scientific backgrounds, walks of faith, and overall vision for the podcast. Among the topics discussed are why they aren’t “The Christian Scientist Podcast”, the historical background…