Many Christians feel stuck somewhere in between their faith and evolution. The issues are complicated but here is one place where I find agreement between the two. Observation clearly shows that Earth’s biology entails both competition and cooperation. It is the kind of world one would expect if you believe in the theological truths of fall and redemption. It is not implausible that the God revealed in scripture would use both cooperation and competition to advance life on our planet.
I don’t think I was the only member of our family who dreamed of seeing a lurking big cat pounce and chase down its prey. We saw several big cats but never saw one go in for the kill during our five-day safari. Instead, what we saw was lots of cooperation, like oxpeckers on the backs of wildebeests and hippos, or hyenas crunching bones leftover from a nighttime kill, or all the birds who would sound out danger to all the animals within earshot.
This week, SftC offers you a list of podcast, TV, and movie recommendations you can take advantage of this summer
We often look to summer months for an opportunity to be refreshed. Echoing what Drew wrote last year, our prayer as Science for the Church staff is that over the next couple months you find places for the rest and relaxation that your body and spirit need. In a similar vein, this newsletter comes with our hope that you’ll have just a bit more time to read, to watch, or to listen to insights that will renew the way you approach faith and science.
If I’m honest, this newsletter has never really been a proper newsletter. It’s more of a blog disguised as a newsletter. We want to change that. A few times each year, we will be using this space to tell you what Science for the Church has been up to and what is coming in the next few months. Let me begin this new habit today.