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Hi Jim (in response to your post below)-

Thanks for visiting my website.

I completely understand your concern. The TEDx talk title (using "Science & Religion") was assigned by the organizers after I submitted the description of my talk. It was not my choice. I'm sure you understand how things happen over which we have little or no control.

As to Einstein's religion, I was under the impression that it's common knowledge that Einstein was almost certainly not Christian, but rather a deist, and well respected as a great thinker and scientist.

I hope this is helpful to you.

All the best,
Leslie

June 13, 2015 | Registered CommenterLeslie W.

I just finished watching your TED talk, Is the Conflict Between Science and Religion Real? I really enjoyed it, and I want to thank you for sharing it with us. I am a person of faith and an amateur scientist. I follow a Faith that has, as its first principle, the independent investigation of truth; and, as one of its other principles, the essential harmony of science and religion. So it was confirming to hear your presentation. I’ve known a lot of those things on an intuitive level, but you provided me with a lot of concrete evidence.

I have one concern I feel I should share though. It may be a matter of semantics, but it seems quite important to me. “Science” is a general term that incorporates many things. Not just the many different branches of science, but the methodology and mind-set of science, and so forth – even so far as the interplay of various sciences (for example, logic depends upon communication).

In your talk, you refer to “religion” in the same context, so it seems to imply that religion is a similarly general concept that includes a like number of factors. And yet you repeatedly mention only one particular faith, Christianity. If I had known you were speaking as a Christian, I wouldn’t have been surprised by this, as most Christians identify with the sense of exclusivity that has become one of the great banes of human existence.

Let me say here that I do not intend any judgment. I love Christ, I love His teachings, and I have studied the history of Christianity as much as my own Faith. The “dark” side of Christianity is due to the actions of men, not the teachings of Jesus. But it would be fair to say that most of the conflict between science and religion is due largely to Christianity’s obsession with being the one and only way to the truth. I’m sure Copernicus and Galileo would testify to this assertion.

To be sure, Christianity has also been a great boon to human development in general, and scientists who profess Christianity have been in the vanguard, as you pointed out. But it is a fact that without the scientific and humanitarian advances of the Muslim world, which were discovered and brought back to Europe by the Crusaders, the Renaissance would never have happened.

I noticed, also, that although you refer to a group of “Christian scientists” of the last two or three centuries, the one you quoted most often was Albert Einstein. If I’m not mistaken, he was Jewish. Perhaps you forgot to mention that. People of the Jewish faith have also been major contributors throughout the centuries, even as far back as inspiring the great thinkers that created the Greek civilization.

You may not be as interested in other Faiths as am I. You may not even acknowledge other Faiths. You may see them as false. That’s your prerogative. But your thesis uses the broad term “religion”, and therefore your thesis should include something of all religion. Otherwise, I suggest you change the name to Is the Conflict Between Science and Christianity Real? It will greatly reduce the number of people who watch it, but it will also increase the credibility of what you say.

Thank you for listening.

June 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJim Murray

I agree with you that there should be no conflict between religion and science. However, I question if "evolution" as driven by chance IS science.
I have a degree in Computer Science and in my web page I show, very simply, why random mutations cannot be the basis for evolution.
See: http://mrgori.com/A%20number%20to%20remember.htm
I welcome your feedback...

May 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGiuseppe Gori

Dr. Wichman, I heard your interview on Fox. Wowww... you nailed it. You stated what many naturalists skirt: science is never a slam dunk or settled. All of science, the physical sciences, is unproved. That's why we have theories... and the nature of a theory is that it can be turned on its head or it can be affirmed but never proved. Furthermore science and religion are not but nature, if you will, oppositional. Regarding Genesis, you nailed it again: it's a theological work, not a scientific. However, when you look at all the creation cosmologies of early man, I suggest that only Genesis comes close to agreeing with what we know about the creation of the universe. Nonetheless Genesis is an explanation of how it all started written by men who were inspired by God; he didn't whisper in their ears...to a primitive people. (Yeah, I'm a... flatearther theistist.) It makes clear that the cosmos - they had no concept of cosmos as we have - had a beginning and a Creator, man and woman have equal dignity in the eyes of God, and this Creator holds us responsible for our actions. I might add that the Old Testament makes clear that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is not part of our closed system... Your voice is refreshing because our media would have us believe that those who suggest a Creator are poor scientists... nonsense. I'm glad that your voice has joined that of Hugh Ross, John Lennox, Sir John Pplkinghorne and many others.

April 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRon

I am an alumna of APU and poke my head in to see what's new on a fairly regular basis. Two weeks ago, when I read the announcement of your connection to the new research discovered regarding the Big Bang theory, I was blown away. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it.

Denise W.

February 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDenise W.

Interesting page. The background picture is stunning.

August 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Thank you for your CNN article. You are correct in saying "If God is truly the creator, then he will reveal himself through what he’s created, and science is a tool we can use to uncover those wonders." Romans 1:19-20 explains that through the creation we can know the invisible God, and science is indeed the study of the creation :) May I add further insight? A very basic principle of human life is the family system - father and mother and children, with mothers being the life givers. Through the first page of the bible I learned that males and females are in fact the very images of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Incredible! This means there exists God our Father, and God our Mother who is the life giver to our souls.

March 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNiki

Dr. Wickman, I have read your contributions to CNN and think they are consistently logical with observable science which supports the idea of design - - as opposed to the idea "from chaos, everything" which is not logical.

March 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Piper

Dear Leslie!
I read your article at CNN, and I would like to offer you this :

(30) Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGhizlane

Dear Dr. Wickman,

I just read about your views on CNN, and was very inspired! Being a pianist, I don't have much science background, but always appreciate learning about how amazing God's creation is through science! Thank you for your work and research.
May Father be glorified!
Sandra

March 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSandra Shen

Hey Dr. Wickman,

wow your site is great, and you have contributed greatly to the world of science, and faith. I love what you are doing, and look forward to hopefully working with you, and seeing what's in store for the future.

Jammal

February 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJammal Wright

Awesome website! I greatly appreciate your dedication to sharing your expertise in many areas whike shining the light of design and creation on each area. Matt
Special Education Teacher, Sheboygan, WI

November 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Hey Leslie,

What a great website you have here. I really appreciate your effort in maintaining such helpful astronomy resources. Keep up the good work!

Chris

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris Johnson

Hello Dr Wickman,

I came to visit your website upon discovering that you'll be speaking at Apologetics Canada's yearly conference in B.C. I'm thrilled that you're coming and I very much look forward to hearing your talk at the breakout session.

Blessings,

Coralie Carleton

January 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoralie Carleton

I was blessed to meet Dr. Wickman at an ASA meeting a few years ago. We are both interested in the role of engineers in the science and theology dialogue. She has been to our campus at Oral Roberts University (where I serve as the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering) to speak on two different occasions regarding science and faith. Both talks were a great benefit to our students and faculty, helping us think through some challenging issues. I highly recommend her as a top speaker on the relationship between science and Christian faith.

God and the Scientific Method on KKLA, 99.5 FM

Enjoy my choice of episodes as podcasts, and this one had me re-listening to segments, poking around the net, looking up scripture, and sharing with friends of like mind. More books oh boy!
Thank you Leslie and the apologetics.com team.
Scott

http://www.apologetics.com

February 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott C.

WOW.....I'm impressed with your website! Your mom didn't brag enough about you. I loved your mom (dad), and still miss your mom. I came across a picture of her, and it caused me to look up your website, and see if you were still at Azusa. We knew your parents from the church in Sunriver, and I met you there. Keep up the good work! Blessings......Carol

March 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol Kaber

Leslie,

Wonderful website! I am continually grateful for you and your bold witness. I am eager to read and hear you speak through your resources here. Blessings in Christ. Todd

November 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTodd Laws

Great website! Enjoyed reading the "A Focused Force for Faith" interview. Disappointed I didn't take one of your classes when I went to APU.

Best Wishes,
Maria

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Olsen

Hey Leslie - It has been years! You have been one busy gal. Lori turned me onto your website. Looks like you have been doing some things.

September 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNoelle (Herpel) Pillsbury

Dr Wickman

Love your website !

Good Luck and Best Wishes
john

June 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjohn holly

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