In Canada, steadily rising energy costs can cause financial hardship. The Fraser Institute reports that over a million Canadian households now spend more than 10 percent of their income on electricity and heating, which, it says, “should be of central concern when policies regarding energy are being devised.” Globally, many people have no access to an electrical grid; if this affects their quality of life it’s known as “energy poverty.”
This perspective raises concerns for me. First, we believe that Christ is Lord over all creation; there is no square inch that is not our Lord’s. Therefore, science too is subject to our Lord’s ownership. Does this change how we do science? Do Christians and atheists approach science differently? Does our worldview matter in science?
The seemingly casual decisions we make about purchasing, repairing and disposing of our electronics are one way we respond to God’s call to care for the earth. After all, all of life is religious.
But I wonder: are we also paying attention to our responsibility for creation? The very broad consensus among climate scientists is that human activity is having a significant effect on the world climate.
Social robotics is a burgeoning field, exploring many new applications for robots.
The amount of information in general available to us is increasing rapidly. A 2011 article in Science suggested that globally stored information grows at 28 percent per year. The news channels on television tell us nightly about a new horror in some area of the globe. The number of new music groups formed each year is such that I cannot keep up with all the wonderful, creative new jazz being produced each year.
As I sat at my desk, I distinctly recall beginning to wonder what my faith had to do with my technical work. This was something they didn’t teach at engineering school.
While times are tough in Christian higher education, their mission in the Canadian landscape remains more important than ever!
If you have recently spotted more people than normal wandering public places glued to their smartphones, you may have witnessed the global phenomenon known as Pokémon Go.
A few months ago I knew almost nothing about the country of Zambia. But a visit in June to this south-central African country with a former student, Dave Stienstra, left me with many impressions.
This prayer of encouragement for new graduates applies to us all at every stage of life. Like these new engineering graduates I have had the privilege to teach, I am also facing a new beginning.
Does math have anything to do with faith?