Lecture analyzes connection between biology and theology

first_imgNotre Dame theology professor Celia Deane-Drummond examined the connection between theology and biology Thursday evening in her lecture “Tracing Common Ground in Biology and Theology: Caritas and the Drama of Kinship” as part of Saint Mary’s College theology lecture series, hosted by the Center for Spirituality.Deane-Drummond, who holds doctoral degrees in both plant physiology and theology, strove to bring a dynamic understanding to a static web of life, which is why she titled the lecture the drama of kinship, she said. The relationships between other species and humans is a dynamic one of which are reminded every day, she said.“The interaction between these two very different subject areas [theology and biology] makes for some creative thinking,” Deane-Drummond said. “It’s not that they’re the same necessarily, but that they engage us in ways that make us think anew. And that to me is exciting.”The first portion of the lecture focused on the biological side of caritas, or love. In biology, altruism is used to describe sacrificial interrelationships between animals. However, this concept is a biological problem, Deane-Drummond said.“Darwin’s theory of evolution is a theory of natural selection, and it selects those that survive,” she said. “It’s about the conservation of genes. And so therefore, why would any being sacrifice itself for another?”By looking at Homo ergaster, an ancestor of Homo sapiens, who lived 1.5 million years ago, scholars can better understand the evolution of compassion, Deane-Drummond said. The being suffered from too much vitamin A, however, other Homo ergasters had to deliberately act with compassion to keep it alive. In this way, biology and compassion are linked, she said.Deane-Drummond then looked at biological issues through a theological lenses. Within discussions of love, biological altruism is not necessarily endorsed by theologians because of its focus on self-interest, she said.Theologians prefer a love that includes multiple forms of love, as seen in the biblical books of Luke, John and Revelations, Deane-Drummond said. This understanding of God’s love enables one to better understand the love within humans since we are made in the image of God, she said.However, love in theology and biology has a few differences, she said.“For biologists, the goal is always meant to be in terms of natural selection, and it doesn’t have a particular purpose other than survival,” she said. “Even the cooperation is for the survival of the group … whereas the theological perspective of love have the Kingdom of God in view.”However, these differences just increase humanity’s ability to link the two together, she said. While love and cooperation may differ between the natural world and morality, both forms of caritas have similar foundations, she said.“Caritas is grounded in friendship and love of God, which then overflows. … It is also infused by divine grace which takes humans to new possibilities in loving others beyond the biological tendencies,” Deane-Drummond said.Saint Mary’s junior Allison Danhof said she felt the lecture exemplified the way Saint Mary’s women think.“It’s important to view the world from a variety of perspectives to develop a well-rounded understanding of life,” Danhof said. “[Deane-Drummond’s] speech showed how two different perspectives can come together to create a unique picture.”The lecture concluded the Saint Mary’s College Center for Spirituality fall lecture series, a series that encouraged all people to draw connection between theology and biology, Michelle Egan, associate director of the Center for Spirituality, said. The series aimed to connect theology to the sciences, she said.“Theology that is intellectually responsible must be deeply engaged with all the sciences, including biology, in order to address questions about God, creation and humanity,” Egan said. Tags: Caritas, Celia Deane-Drummond, Center for Spirituality, evolution, Theology and Biology, theology lecture serieslast_img read more

Lincolnshire couple are first PING Family Fourball champions

first_img4 Sep 2016 Lincolnshire couple are first PING Family Fourball champions Lincolnshire couple Spencer and Julie Gooderson became England Golf’s first PING Family Fourball champions today at Gainsborough Golf Club.The husband-and-wife team from Spalding Golf Club (Image © Leaderboard Photography) topped an impressive inaugural leaderboard with 48 stableford points – and led a great celebration of the family game.The competition was open to relatives playing in any combination and appealed to couples, mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, sisters and brothers, who ranged in age from 12 to 75.  One father and son live over 100 miles apart and entered for a get together, while a father and daughter flew the flag for family golf with Union Jack inspired clothing (pictured below).This new competition follows the enormous success of the PING Women’s Fourball, which has its 11th Plate and Grand Finals tomorrow and on Tuesday. Dave Fanning, PING Europe’s Marketing Director, said: “We and England Golf both wanted to put on an event which was inclusive of everyone who plays golf. It’s been a huge success and we have really enjoyed hosting this. Hopefully we can make it bigger and better and continue to grow the game of golf at every level.”Spencer Gooderson, who plays off six, commented: “Golf is a great family sport. There aren’t many sports where the whole family can play together on level terms.”The Goodersons entered with Spencer’s parents, Peter and Olive, while their 10-year-old son, Louie – who has just got his first 28 handicap – walked round with them. “We’ve covered the whole spectrum,” laughed Peter. “They won and we came last!”Julie, who took up golf only two years ago and has a 29 handicap, added: “It’s been fantastic, I’ve loved it – and not just because we won.”The Goodersons led a packed leaderboard. The runners-up were father and son, Paul and Daniel Plant, of Bondhay Golf Club, Yorkshire, who scored 47 points and pipped another father and son on countback, John and Rob King of Eaglescliffe, Durham.The Plants also played in family force, with mum Amanda partnering her other son, Adam, who celebrates his 15th birthday tomorrow. “It’s just been brilliant,” she said.They’re all fans of family golf, but Paul said: “We never pushed the boys to play but they started when they were five and seven. We just go out and enjoy it.”Daniel, 17, is now the Bondhay junior captain and today he gelled well with his dad, who added: “It wouldn’t have mattered if we had finished last, we’ve enjoyed it.”The Kings are both members of Eaglescliffe but rarely play together at the club. “I play with the old ’uns and he plays with the young ‘uns,” said John. However they had an outing together earlier this year and grabbed this opportunity – but once again missed out on top spot. “We’ve never won anything in 25 years of playing together!” said Rob.They’ll be playing more family golf at their club next week when they’ll each be partnering one of Rob’s sons in a generation game competition.Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

Emperor Penguins Get More Respect

first_imgA handsomely-dressed emperor penguin made the cover of Science News this week.  Gerald Kooyman of Scripps Institute is gratified over the success of the documentary March of the Penguins; “I’ve been telling people they’re remarkable for years,” he said.  In the article, Susan Milius brought out several additional amazing facts not mentioned in the film.Diving Champs:  Emperor penguins can dive as deep as 500m for up to 20 minutes, without getting the bends or excess free radicals in their blood.  This is enabled by several adaptations: the ability to lower their heart rate during dives from 200 to 60 beats per minute, storage of extra myoglobin in their tissues, and storing more blood per body weight than humans.  Their stiff bodies and flexible flippers also reduce drag, making them better designed hydrodynamically than most mammals, the article claims.  “They can keep swimming even when their bodies’ oxygen stores have been depleted beyond levels that would knock out a human diver,” a photo caption states; specifically, 20mm of mercury, compared to a human’s lower limit is 25mm.  Scientists still do not understand how the birds can avoid damage from the rush of blood as they surface rapidly and catapult onto the ice.Marching Champs:  The birds make their long marches in complete silence.  Some colonies have a few hundred breeding pairs; others can have 10,000.  There are about 40 colonies known.  In midwinter, there is only three hours of dim light per day sandwiched between 21 hours of darkness under aurora-spectacled skies.Huddle Champs:  The conditions during storms look miserable to us, but the male birds huddle to conserve body heat, and actually get “toasty” at 20° C in groups.  A male could only survive alone only down to -10° C; in groups, they can lower their metabolic rate by 40%.  They seem to actually have to go outside once in awhile to cool off; at all times, however, the safety of the precious eggs must be the highest priority.  Inside the huddle, their heads on flexible necks can be seen sticking up like periscopes once in awhile, with little puffs of warm air indicating things are OK.  In springtime, the young learn to huddle early.  Both parents go off to forage as soon as they can, leaving the young in playgroups to learn on their own.Diet Champs:  The males incubating the eggs all winter actually starve themselves with their bellies full, the article says.  They are able to block their digestion and maintain enough store to feed the growing chick with reserves till the female returns.Travel Champs:  Radio-collared penguins have been found to forage as far as 1,900 km at sea.Fashion Champs:  Those tuxedos have to come off once a year.  In the summertime, the birds fast again for a month, standing on ice floes to molt.  All the old feathers come out and the new fluffy ones come in underneath.  The undercoat of down provides an insulating layer of air, and the oiled outer feathers provide a “waterproof dive suit” that compresses underwater, keeping the downy feathers dry and preventing the chilly water from reaching the skin.The new suit comes in just in time for the birds to forage and begin the next long march.  “How can emperor penguins live like that?” Milius titled her article.  The answer is in their exquisite physical adaptations.  Working together, these adaptations, from cell chemistry to finished coat, give them a life they seem to enjoy in one of the harshest environments on the planet.1Susan Milius, “How can emperor penguins live like that?”, Science News, Week of Oct. 22, 2005; Vol. 168, No. 17 , p. 26.Fortunately, Susan Milius did not try to speculate on how the emperor penguin evolved.  If you tried to count how many lucky mutations would be needed to evolve from a dinosaur to an early bird to an emperor penguin, what number would you come up with?  Hundreds?  Thousands?  Tens of thousands?  It’s a total remake.  The biochemistry of the cell, the oxygen handling capabilities, the pressure protection and scuba gear, the dive suit, the lungs, the bones, the dietary adaptations, core body heat, timing of the molt, ability to waddle upright, the stiff body and flippers, the incubating patch and tough feet, eyes adapted to deep underwater vision, navigating ability over vast distances on ice and in the sea – and these are just some of the physical changes that the ambitious dinosaur would need.    Then there are the behavioral adaptations.  How did the penguins learn to transfer the egg from the female to the male without breaking it, and when did the male decide to forego eating for months, holding the egg on its feet?  How did the males overcome their usual territoriality instinct and decide to pack in tightly together, 10 birds per square meter?  How did the females figure out when the eggs would hatch, and learn to forage only long enough to get back in time to feed them and give hubby a well-deserved break?  How did they find their way back to the correct nesting site?  What made them regurgitate their own food for the sake of a chick they had never seen before?  How do they find their mates when everyone looks alike?  How do the feathers know when to molt all at once (unlike on air birds, who molt continuously), so that the reupholstering job minimizes time out of the water?  Where did they learn those rocket jumps out onto the ice?  How do the young catch on to all this so fast?    Evolutionists provide only empty speculations for these things, arguing from ignorance that “if these mutations had not occurred, the penguins would not be there.”  That only assumes their materialistic view without explaining the observations.  Creationists may not be able to explain everything about why God would create emperor penguins to live like this, but they surely need far less faith than an evolutionist.  If this were the only example of a creature possessing dozens of tight-knit adaptations needing to function together simultaneously or not at all, it would be challenging enough for evolutionary theory.  Now let’s talk about giraffes, bats, water striders, cheetahs, geckos, kangaroos, hummingbirds, humans….(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Overcoming (high) obstacles

first_imgSome climbing caches are more accessible than others. Those that require ropes, harnesses and other gear can be fantastic, but may be beyond the reach of non-technical climbers. However, geocaches in trees are often suitable for a wide variety of ages and abilities. So what makes for a great tree climbing geocache experience? For many people, tree climbing is a childhood hobby that becomes less attractive as they grow older (and more risk averse). For me, (Rock Chalk) the opposite happened. I grew up in an area without big trees, and played games that kept my feet on the ground. As an adult, I discovered geocaching and the thrill of trying something new: tree climbing caches. I could talk all day about my personal favorite tree climbing experiences, but just a few that come to mind are “Bird House” (Fort Myers, FL) and Secret Squirrel Society (Seattle, WA). I’ve only been up in a few trees outside North America, and the most spectacular of those required special equipment. That’s an entirely different blog post! SharePrint RelatedReach new geocaching heights!March 15, 2016In “Community”Climbing for a SmileyMarch 25, 2014In “Community”Kuş Evi / Bird House (GC4W8G4) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 9, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” Have you ever climbed for a smiley? Share with your Friends:More Tree climbing geocaches are a blast. For me, it’s a combination of adrenaline rush and natural beauty that’s hard to beat. On that note, I can’t stress enough the importance of safety in your pursuit. If at any point you feel you’re taking an unnecessary risk, just stop and return to terra firma. The right tree: It should be sturdy enough for an adult to climb. If the limbs are too thin, it can be hazardous for the geocacher and the tree. (Never damage a tree or other wildlife while attempting to find a geocache.) The right equipment: Even if you don’t need ropes or harnesses, you must wear the correct footwear and other apparel. Flip-flops are a no-no! The right day: Don’t attempt to climb in wet, icy or otherwise dangerous conditions. And be sure to bring a friend. Not just to keep an eye on you, but to take great pictures!last_img read more

NLEX-SCTEX goes winless in Merlion Cup

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Jason Perkins carried the fight for NLEX-SCTEX with 32 points and 15 rebounds, while Byron Villarias shot 6-of-11 from threes to pour 26 markers in the campaign-ending defeat.NLEX-SCTEX, which is made up of the core of the Cignal HD Hawkeyes which won the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup, went 0-3 in the group stages.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt first got routed by Korean club team Jeonji KCC Egis, 79-99, on Wednesday, before succumbing to defending champion Shanghai Sharks, 65-79, on Thursday.Despite NLEX-SCTEX’s winless outing, the 6-foot-3 Perkins impressed in the tournament, averaging 24.67 points and 13.67 rebounds to gain steam entering the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNLEX-SCTEX will come home empty handed as it lost all of its three games in the 2017 Merlion Cup at OCBC Arena in Singapore.The Road Warriors fell to Indonesian crew Satria Muda Pertamina, 104-90, on Friday to end their campaign in the seven-team invitational tournament with another defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:17Saying she is a commuter, MMDA’s Pialago dismisses Anakbayan’s commute dare01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next EAC coach blasts refs after Arellano loss, upset over late tech on Onwubere MOST READlast_img read more

Garcia heats up late as EAC caps off season with a win

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: LeBron thinks Kyrie won’t get booed as much in Cleveland return PERPETUAL 81 – Eze 21, Ylagan 17, Yuhico 13, Coronel 10, Dagangon 7, Lucente 4, Pido 4, Tamayo 3, Sadiwa 2.Quarters: 25-19, 37-39, 64-59, 83-81. Sidney Onwubere also got a fitting farewell as he nabbed 15 points, nine rebounds, four dimes, a steal, and a block in his final collegiate game.“I’m happy because everyone contributed and did their roles,” said the senior forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEAC held a six-point lead, 78-72, courtesy of a Sean Neri undergoal stab with 3:34 remaining, but Perpetual fought back behind Prince Eze down the stretch.Altas got a chance to inch closer when Garcia fouled AJ Coronel on his three-point attempt with 1.6 ticks remaining. Coronel made his first two attempts to cut the deficit down to two, 83-81, and intentionally missed his third to allow Eze to grab the rebound. Unfortunately, the Nigerian big man botched his putback as the Generals escaped with the victory. Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight “At least, we could hold our heads up high,” said coach Ariel Sison whose side snapped its five-game losing streak to wind up with a 7-11 record.Eze fired 21 points and nine rebounds for Perpetual, which stumbled to its seventh straight loss to fall down to 4-13.GJ Ylagan got 17 markers, five boards, and four assists, while Jonathan Yuhico had 13 in the loss.The Scores:EAC 83 – Garcia 22, J. Mendoza 17, Onwubere 15, Bugarin 12, Bautista 6, Diego 6, Neri 3, Tampoc 2, Corilla 0, I. Mendoza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College did just enough to hold off Perpetual, 83-81, and finish off its NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament campaign with a victory Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jerome Garcia unfurled 12 of his 22 points in the payoff period, and added four rebounds, while Jethro Mendoza had 17 markers, three assists, two boards, and two steals.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

2 days agoLampard warns Chelsea against complacency ahead of Burnley trip

first_imgLampard warns Chelsea against complacency ahead of Burnley tripby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFrank Lampard has warned Chelsea not get complacent after they notched up a sixth straight victory against Ajax on Wednesday night.Michy Batshuayi’s late strike put the Blues top of Group H after three Champions League matches.Burnley are up next for Lampard’s side, but the former England international has sent a warning to his players.”I’m already thinking about Burnley,” said Lampard.”I said to the players to win five games in a row is great but it’s dangerous because you can get lax but to win six games in a row is even more dangerous.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Gala Raises Over 25 Million

first_imgLeonardo DiCaprio hosted his first gala for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation last month.Bono and Leonardo DiCaprioThe Gala – co-chaired by Philippe Cousteau and Jared Leto along with the presenting sponsor Julius Baer and co-sponsor Chopard – raised over $25 million for The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, dedicated to protecting Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions to build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world.Leonardo DiCaprio opened the evening with an impassioned speech about the Foundation’s work and stated, “Today we stand at the 11th Hour – facing a tipping point of environmental crises unprecedented in human history. Not since the age of the dinosaurs have so many species of plants and animals become extinct in such a short period of time. We must now make an effort to protect the rich biodiversity that could allow nature to eventually recover. The good news is there are solutions to these massive problems. Efforts like tonight will start addressing them.”DiCaprio proceeded to open the live auction with his own Harley-Davidson Motorcycle signed by Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro and himself.Bono took the stage with Julian Lennon, and took down the house with their own rendition of “Stand By Me.” Bono stayed on stage to auction off his personal guitar for $1 million.The highest bid of the night was for a Damien Hirst sculpture, “Golden Myth” which was sold to Len Blavatnik for over $6 million.Source:LeonardoDiCaprio.comlast_img read more

Executive directors from the region travel to Victoria for meeting with Minister

first_imgIn an update to their FB page, the CCCR share, Minister Donaldson confirms section 11 will not be signed until the partnership agreement is signed.The CCCR follows with, ‘we must participate when consultations begin.’To view CCCR’s FB Page; CLICK HERE VICTORIA, B.C. – Executive directors from the region have travelled to Victoria today in regards to an update on the caribou recovery plans.The group, Concerned Citizens for Caribou Recovery (CCCR), posted to their FB Page, Executive Directors from Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd are in Victoria today for a meeting with Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.The FB post goes on to share the meeting is in regards to update on the Caribou recovery plans and the potential impacts to not only our region but the entire province.last_img read more