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Science, Science Fiction, and the New Western Religion

Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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On the news recently was an announcement that NASA’s InSight probe had landed on Mars. Mission control specialists were celebrating as if this were the first probe landing on the red planet. The mission of the InSight probe is to find out whether human life on Mars could be possible. Other stories on the news … MORE

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“Black Panther’s” Wakandan Ancestors as the Great Cloud of Witnesses? Examples for Doing Theology and Arts

David Wilmington, YTI Professor of Theology and Philosophy

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Here at Yellowstone Theological Institute, we invite questions about the relationship between theology and art in several ways. One of our mottos is “Where Faith Meets Adventure and the Arts.” Our faculty includes academics with suspicious (to most of Academia and polite society) backgrounds and ongoing involvement in music (even jazz!), literature, and film. But … MORE

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Persistent Waiting

Scott Hamilton, YTI Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling

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Many of the Bible stories children learn include characters compelled to wait. Abraham waited for his promised son; Joseph waited for his vindication; Moses waited to enter the promised land; Jesus waited to start his ministry. Further, these people often got frustrated while they waited. Let’s be honest; how many folks do you know who … MORE

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Wonderment and the World

Betsy Gaines Quammen, Guest Contributor

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This past fall, I have been teaching a seminar about the history of science and religion entitled “Wonderment and the World.” Dr. Jay Smith kicked off these classes with a presentation challenging Lynn White Jr.’s controversial article, “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” first published in Science in 1967. White’s piece blames the Christian … MORE

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All Creation Groans: Darwin, Christianity and the Environmental Revolution

Jay Smith, YTI President and Bridger Professor of Theology & Ethics

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Darwin When the name “Charles Darwin” is mentioned in the company of 21st century Christians, one will get a mixed group of responses, from the “prophetic voice of religion,” to “the destroyer of the faith.” In reality, Darwin was a gentleman naturalist. Coming from a wealthy family, Darwin briefly attended medical school, but after losing … MORE