Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Science and God's people

good article from the NY times about science and faith...
Faith, Reason, God and Other Imponderables By CORNELIA DEAN
it is essentially a review of 7 recently released books, most of which are written by scientists defending/justifying their religious beliefs while affirming the value of science. those of you who know me will be aware of my fascination with string theory and the way i believe this particular scientific avenue opens up all kinds of exciting theological possibilities. it seems to me that much of the "GOD Vs SCIENCE", battle of the titans, cosmic showdown rhetoric is tiresome and i'm more interested in the areas eluded to in the following quote (from the article above)...

"...it is crucial in our society for people of faith, the vast majority of our population, to understand the issues of contemporary science. “I’d love to discuss the moral issues of biotechnology within a community of faith,” she writes. “But most church congregations and their leaders are not prepared for those discussions.”"

I think that if we aspire to being a self-theologizing community we will need to continue to seriously engage questions raised by biotech, quantum physics, and other emerging sciences. as much as i would love our community to have resident writers, musicians, poets, theologians, and historians (and we do have these), i would also like us to have a resident physicist, biologist, chemist, and geologist. any volunteers?

2 comments:

ryan k said...

If by chemist you mean bartender, I would like to nominate Todd Paul. We're just brainstorming here, right?

geoff said...

i'd actually like to see you as our resident organic farmer....well versed in biology of plants and soil. also, i think you could turn your hand to a little pharmacology in the style of Timothy Leary. pharmatherapy (farm-therapy), perhaps?