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Victor Udoewa
Victor Udoewa is a science & technology policy advisor and consultant. Originally trained in engineering, he is also a development engineer working in both community development and international development. As a former secondary school teacher, he still teaches teachers as an educational specialist and adjunct professor of education focusing on science and math education through classes, workshops, and video series. He still conducts medical and engineering research and is a certified counselor focusing in HIV/AIDS and crisis pregnancy counseling. He currently leads a men’s group and teaches community salsa classes while working on social enterprise efforts in the D.C. community.

Entries by Victor Udoewa

Axioms for Faith

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 5:35 PM

I co-lead an emergent Christian community of conversation in my city. We have various streams of events -- community service, common meals, contemplative practice, services, book discussions, speaker events, community action, and faith-and-science discussions. A few weekends ago, we decided to discuss Science Mike's Axioms for...

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Ten Things You Learn in Religion 102

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 9:18 PM

I've decided to write a second list due to questions and comments I received about Ten Things You Learn in Religion 101. After listening to a recent episode of the podcast Homebrewed Christianity about the ten not-so-shocking things you learn in Religion 101, I thought I...

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10 Things You Learn in Religion 101

(16) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 5:04 PM

I was always told not to go to seminary because you'll lose your religion, especially at the secular universities like Harvard, Yale, or Princeton. This tendency exists. Some of my friends, entering seminary with certain religious beliefs, lost those beliefs, or at the very least had a crisis of faith...

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Can Faith and Science Work Together?

(12) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 6:38 PM

Previously I've explored differences between certain interpretations of faith and science by looking at emphases on orthodoxy versus orthopraxy, the role of doubt, and the beginning of man. But now, I want to look at possible and exciting areas of convergence, confluence, and synergy between faith...

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Does Evolution Explain Human Nature?

(15) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Not quite.

According to the body of science, we still have work to do before the vast majority of evolutionary scientists can answer yes. Some say "yes," some say "no," some say "maybe in the future," some aren't sure, as the Templeton Big Question Series indicates. In the...

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Does the Universe have a Purpose?

(140) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 6:01 PM

Yes, but not necessarily in the way you think.

When most of my friends ask this question, they are really asking "Is there a creator or an intelligent designer?" That's when I grab my bag of popcorn, yell "Let the games begin!" and watch the ensuing fireworks of debate between...

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Does the Free Market Corrode Moral Character?

(3) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Yes, it does.

But there are a few problems with my answer. First, what is a free market? Second, what does corrode mean? Lastly, what is moral character?

First, let's be honest. Theoretically, the free market is amoral. What makes it moral or immoral is the morality of the individual...

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How (Not) to Learn to Cook

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 12:05 AM

Three years ago I conducted a cooking experiment for a year and a half. Each week I invited a bunch of people from various circles to a community dinner. I strategically chose people from different backgrounds and experiences with different ideologies, and I took a half-day off, to prepare. I...

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Wherefore Art Thou 'Proof?'

(35) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 8:10 PM

A man is infected by a rare strain of E. Coli and contracts meningitis. He slips into a coma and nearly dies. During this time, he has an experience of an expanding spinning white light. He meets a beautiful woman who acts as his guide on a journey on the...

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'All the People I Respect Are Non-Christians'

(19) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 2:00 PM

"I don't get it. All of the people I know and don't respect are Christians. And that even includes my family. But I respect you ... and you're a Christian. Explain that to me." Those were my friend's opening words at breakfast. Thankfully, I didn't lose my appetite.

We are...

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Relational Tourism

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 9:15 AM

The problem with dating is that it's really hard to know who the person is when they are not trying to impress you. I mean when she removes the fake nails, fake hair, fake lashes, fake eyes, and fake lips claiming "Baby, I'm still the same person," you might start...

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Open Questions for Peace

(4) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 1:38 PM

Peace, conflict resolution and reconciliation have been on my mind a lot lately. The more I learn, the more I realize I don't have any answers. So I wanted to ask two open questions to source the power, knowledge and experience of the crowd with some of the seemingly intractable...

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Invisible Children: A Better Story About Faith and Science

(11) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 4:46 PM

I want to take a break from the usual does-science-contradict-faith controversies and look at the intersection of faith and science in another way ... from the perspective of the Kony 2012 campaign.

I've been studying and researching faith for a few years now, and though I am not...

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Invisible Children and the Carter Center Model

(4) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 8:10 PM

I am neither an opposing critic nor an uncritical proponent of Invisible Children. My role is more nuanced. To borrow a phrase from Cornel West, I'm a critical supporter. We sometimes forget that we can support a person or a group and synchronously criticize certain actions,...

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Does Science Make Belief in God Obsolete?

(398) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 6:36 PM

I saw this question while rummaging for funding opportunities on the Templeton Foundation website. They have a Big Questions Essay Series which I encourage everyone to read through. I just finished reading and pondering every essay addressing the question "Does science make belief in...

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More Science or More Arts & Humanities?

(85) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 11:16 AM

I am sitting at a dinner party full of lawyers, scientists and artists. An interesting debate breaks out between the "arts and letters" of academia and science. One charismatic lawyer starts it.

"We really need more scientists in the United States. Everything is better with science and we really lack...

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The Different Roles of Science and Faith

(393) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 1:00 PM

"A mystery is a problem that encroaches upon itself because the questioner becomes the object of the question. Getting to Mars is a problem. Falling in love is a mystery." --Gabriel Marcel

I love that quote. It reminds me that getting to Mars is a problem, a science and engineering...

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Doubt: A Scientific And Religious Perspective

(1456) Comments | Posted September 3, 2011 | 2:43 PM

Science is naturally skeptical, initially couched in doubt. The goal in science, however, is to leave a state of doubt or ignorance and, through testing and proof, come to know truth.
Science is uncomfortable with doubt.

In law, given limited time, evidence, arguments, testimonies and the right to speedy...

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The Roles of Doubt in Science and Faith

(417) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 1:38 PM

The Harvard Seal has the word VERITAS spread out over three books. What's interesting is that originally this design showed two books open and the third overturned. This design symbolized the fact that not everything was available or open to the reason and logic of man (humanism) or to man's...

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