Trust is essential for our Standard Model to work and when we have seen that relational approach thrive, it is built on the bedrock of candor between church leaders and their science partners. But we all know that trust is a tricky dynamic that rarely happens quickly.
Reading God’s Book of Nature was created to help scientists understand their work as a godly calling and at the same time help the non-scientists in our churches understand what scientists do, what motivates them, and how their call to science is similar to and different from other vocations.
The God who comes on Christmas morning created unfathomable amounts of stuff that scientists help us to see and appreciate. This is an unexpected way we can prepare for Christmas—to delight in all that God created.
I knew R.E.M. shaped the outlook of an entire generation in some important ways, but I had not heard them acknowledge the very quest I was on in the 1990s. These were the years I was owning my Christian faith while studying physics at Northwestern.
My takeaway from hundreds of conversations with thoughtful Christians in the sciences—some direct and others enjoyed secondhand through lectures, podcasts, articles and the like—is that they want to hold the following tension, delicately. They want to trust the regularity of natural processes without limiting God’s ability to act.