Got news? New “climate” for God & science
[From E.E. Evans at GetReligion.org]
In this year of anniversaries and celebrations, dead scientists like
Darwin and Galileo are getting their due. Live ones, like the atheist
former Oxford don Richard Dawkins, attract media attention pretty much
every time he opens his mouth or slings a godforsaken poster on a bus.
But what of the scientists with strong Christian faith currently building bridges, quietly or outspokenly, between the religious and scientific community? We don’t hear much about them, do we?
These men (interesting that reporters don’t seem to dig for faithful
women scientists) are the subject of a lengthy and well-written article
in a recent Harvard Divinity Bulletin. There are few hiccups here, but they seem minor when one thinks that the topic is so undercovered. The reporter starts off in England, exploring the paradox of lively and overt faith in an unlikely place-among scientists.
Riding the train down to London last summer, after a
two-week fellowship session on science and religion at the University
of Cambridge, I noticed an article in the Independent newspaper about a
new book which reinforced that notion of an increasingly irreligious
Europe. It is true that outward signs of faith—apart from biblical
passages emblazoned on London’s famed red double-decker buses by
jesussaid.org—are difficult to come by.
But I found deeply felt Christianity alive and well in an unlikely setting: the academy’s scientific community.