Many years ago I saw the cartoon Cosmic Zoom by Eva Szasz (National Film Board, 1968) and was awed by the glory of God’s creation.
This December, as it does each year, the journal Science announced the top science breakthrough of the past year.
Jesus had just spat in the blind man’s eyes and laid his hands on him. So Jesus lays his hands on him again. Now he sees clearly – but it required two treatments. Vision is a central concern in many of the miracles done by Jesus.
In May 2013, in an op-ed piece in the New York Times, Angelina Jolie bravely revealed that she had had a mastectomy, a revelation that sparked considerable discussion. Jolie took this radical and controversial preventative step after learning that she possessed a DNA gene variant, BRCA1, which had played a role in the death of her mother from cancer, and gave Jolie an estimated 87 percent risk of developing the same cancer.
Since we are celebrating 70 years of Calvinist Contact/Christian Courier, I thought I would provide a very personal list of scientific (broadly defined) highlights (good and bad) from the last 70 years.
All of us at one point or another need to go to a drug store, pick up some pills that our doctor prescribed and ingest them to treat a medical problem.
In 1609 Galileo made his first telescope. A year later he argued that the earth was not the centre of the universe, which created a huge problem for the church at that time.
Most of my research over the years has involved working with rats to study the biological basis of human mental and behavioural disorders. The rat models I have studied may tell us something about addiction and anorexia nervosa. Such pre-clinical models are valuable in the study of the causes of illness and may help suggest treatments.
“God,” as Albert Einstein said, “is far greater and more powerful than we have ever imagined.”
On Sunday morning I was watching Cara DeHaan, who wonderfully edits my columns, play the piano for our worship service. She has musical talent I can only appreciate with my ears, not duplicate with my hands or mouth. While listening to her play, it struck me, given the way the body works, how miraculous is the ability to play the piano (or, for that matter, any musical instrument).
We all know the greatest two commands: we are to love God and love each other. Have you ever considered whether love has a biological basis? That some may be born better lovers?
During Vacation Bible School this July, my church was transformed into a “Workshop of Wonders.” Each day the campers were invited to observe the activities of a scientist named Dr. Wow in his laboratory. After VBS I caught up with Dr. Wow for a short interview.