|Science and Religion|
Been a long time since Galileo, and Darwin, but....
While some think nothing has changed, in fact, there is quite a bit going on to forge some new perspectives on science and religion. People with training and experience in both science and theology are working and writing to develop new ways of integrating these topics.
The anti-religion movement
A rush of antireligious books recently is reinforcing the idea that nothing constructive can be done here. But there has been a great deal of polite, constructive, detailed work. See the links.
Models of the relationship
Ian Baurbor, the dean of scholars in this area has proposed four models for thinking about the ways science and religion interact.
I am from Kansas, so I was particularly appalled at the actions of the Kansas school board in regard to practically banning the teaching of evolution in schools.
You may be surprised to learn that not all Christians care to trample on Science. In fact, I would strongly suspect that Lutheran church colleges are teaching it in their biology departments.
Opposition to evolution is connected to a primitive reading of the Bible. Those who recognize the poetic nature of how it communicates truth don't have a problem with evolution. God created the universe and all the laws of physics. If species evolve, then God made evolution.
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
Nature and Nature's laws lay hit in night;
A key institution is the The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Headed by Robert Russell. (Up 5/4/10; posted 9/22/00)
Zygon Center for Religion and Science At Chicago. Started by Philip Hefner. (Up 5/4/10)
International Society for Science and Religion Out of the UK (Up 6/23/09; posted 11/29/07)
On the not so serious side
|Last updated 5/4/10; first posted 9/22/00; original content © 2010, 2000 John P. Nordin|