This edition of ReligionLink explores the crossovers between religion and modern technology, with relevant stories, analysis, background and expert sources to get you up to speed in an ever-evolving landscape.
With the hurricane and tornado seasons already upon us, post-summer wildfires looming on the horizon, global famine forecasts and potentially cataclysmic climate instability to come in the near future, this edition of ReligionLink explores the fascinating and often unsettling connection between natural disasters and religion.
Tom McLeish is a physics professor at Durham University. In addition to his physics research, he studies the theology of science and wrote the book Faith and Wisdom in Science.
Scott Hawley is an associate professor of physics at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. He spoke on Christian responses to artificial intelligence at the Christian Transhumanist Association’s 2018 conference.
Michael Schulson is a freelance writer who oversees Religion Dispatches‘ science and religion portal, “The Cubit.” He also writes at Undark. He lives in Durham, N.C.
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman is the founding director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that brings together Judaism and science, mostly through the introduction of scientists into synagogue programming. He is also a scholar of biblical and Judaic studies. Mitelman can be contacted through the Sinai and Synapses website.
Salman Hameed is an astronomer and associate professor of integrated science and humanities at Hampshire College. He is director of the Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies. He operates the science and religion blog called Irtiqa, which emphasizes debates about science in the Islamic world.
Clément Vidal describes himself as a “big questions philosopher.” He is a researcher and an assistant professor at the Free University of Brussels in Belgium. Among his areas of study is the potential impact the discovery of intelligent alien life would have on society.
The Rev. Thomas O’Meara is a Catholic priest and professor emeritus at Notre Dame University. He is the author of Vast Universe: Extraterrestrials and Christian Revelation.