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Genesis 1 Through the Eyes of a Rabbi

So if we look at Genesis as poetry, not science, then we don’t need to do mental gymnastics to fit the square peg of Genesis 1 into the round hole of Big Bang cosmology or natural selection. Instead, we look at the words themselves, their style, and the word choices.

So Lonely

This is why the Surgeon General issued the advisory. “With more than one in five adults and more than one in three young adults living with a mental illness in the U.S., addressing loneliness and isolation is critical in order to fully address the mental health crisis in America.” I see a new headline about the crisis of isolation every couple weeks—whether it involves clergy, young people, older adults, or the general public. With each one, I begin to hear the “So Lonely” earworm and then wonder how the church can help.

We Are All Children of God

As we continue to explore the intersection of faith and science, it becomes evident that the quest for racial equality and justice requires confronting both conscious and unconscious biases. Black liberation theology challenges us to rethink traditional narratives and to recognize the divine activity in the struggle for social justice.

Beauty: A Bridge Between Faith and Science?

Beauty: A Bridge Between Faith and Science?

It is important to take a break from operating solely in the “truth sphere.” Goodness and beauty are two other realms that are essential to humans (think ethics and aesthetics), and both tell us something important about God (the very essence of goodness and beauty). And in the case of beauty, I think we have a powerful point of connection between faith and science.

WOW

WOW

Conceptual studies of awe note that it has its roots in “fear and dread, particularly toward a divine being.” But the common understanding of awe today is no longer fear of God but most often that feeling we get in an encounter with nature. The feeling can be both positive (sunsets) or negative (tornadoes)—or it can even be tinged with fear (standing at the edge of Niagara Falls)… So what does the experience of awe do to us (or for us)?

The Science of Sabbath

The Science of Sabbath

We all work too hard, some of us more than others. Pastors do it; I’m married to one, and she rarely stops pastoring. Scientists do it. White-collar and blue-collar workers do it. So what does science have to say about Sabbath?

The Enduring Wisdom of St. Clive

The Enduring Wisdom of St. Clive

Why Lewis? Why does he have this enduring impact on Christian thought leaders? And especially, since St. Clive wasn’t particularly gifted in science (he was terrible at math), how has he affected leading Christians in the sciences?

Understanding Unbelief

Understanding Unbelief

To do missions today, we need to understand unbelief. Sure, it is good to track the demographic trends, but it is far more important to understand the mindset of the unaffiliated, the agnostic, and the atheist.

A Simple Suggestion

A Simple Suggestion

Our appreciation of creation and the Creator come less from understanding the Galileo affair or responding to Richard Dawkins’ anti-religious screeds, and more from looking at what science can tell us about the glory being told by the heavens and how fearfully and wonderfully life has been knit together. 

Created Co-Creators

Created Co-Creators

What is the imago dei? How are humans unique from the rest of life and made special by God? This is an important—and highly contested—topic in the history of theology. And today, it’s best approached in dialogue with science.

Extraterrestrial Questions

Extraterrestrial Questions

Yes, we know—in ways the biblical writers didn’t—how huge that world, or the cosmos, is. But we also all know God’s love. And so it’s natural to ask: If Christ saves us on Earth, what if there are other “worlds”? What do we do with Jesus’ atonement?

How Would Your Church Greet E.T.?

How Would Your Church Greet E.T.?

What do we do once that first detection of extraterrestrial life has been made? How do we react, be it friend or foe? This area has been dubbed astroethics, and it’s our focus in our continuing series on astrobiology. 

Clementines and Exoplanets

Clementines and Exoplanets

How are we finding all of these “exoplanets”—planets beyond our solar system? And how can we tell if they might host life? That’s our focus as we continue our astrobiology series.

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