“Where natural theology tries to understand God in scientific context, theology of nature tries to understand nature in theological context.” Beginning with Christian belief, a theology of nature asks what we can infer about nature from the God we know in Jesus Christ and integrates that with science.
When Drew began the series What Kind of God? we decided that, at least for this week, I’d take the role of the Devil’s Advocate (DA). Drew disavowed natural theology, but I still sense its presence lurking around the edges of the question, What Kind of God?
It strikes me as noteworthy that our culture is taking recourse in the grandeur and scope of words that only theological language can supply. Responding to climate change is at the place where our Christian tradition meets science meets Christian spirituality. We need to recover the biblical language of “stewardship” for this beautiful creation.
Collins is the voice par excellence of faith and science integration. How to summarize his work? I can’t adequately. Instead, I turn to two of his most memorable quotations (which, admittedly, I often use in science and faith talks when I’m searching for something wise to say)…
This week (and next) I’m focusing on a pair of your highest rated thinkers from our summer audience survey: N.T. Wright and Rachel Held Evans. Their thoughts on science and religion have shaped our imaginations and clearly some of yours as well.