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How Islam Engages Science: An interview with Nidhal Guessoum

At Science for the Church, our focus is on the relationship between science and Christian faith. We also engage with other perspectives, including...

Science in Support of Children’s Ministry: (more) Q&A with Erin Smith

How do churches create circumstances where children experience social support? How do churches help children create relationships that allow them to experience the love of Christ? Developmental psychologist Erin Smith helps us dig into these questions.

Psychology for the Church: Q&A with Erin Smith

I worked with a professor who had a research program probing religious cognition. They were asking fascinating questions around how we know and how we come to decide what is real. The implications in their research for both religion and science were really important.

What Kind of God?

What Kind of God?

As I digest the latest science—be it science journalism, documentaries, popular science books, or presentations from scientists themselves—I often find myself asking, What kind of God would create a world like the one described by this or that particular aspect of nature?

Where There’s Smoke…

Where There’s Smoke…

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.

Brain Power

Brain Power

We often link brain power to intelligence or some innate talent. Things like memory, creativity, mathematical ability certainly are amazing capacities of the human brain. But I think the most amazing thing the brain does is change. It’s the power of those synapses and neurons and axons to recreate the pathways necessary for change.

The Wonderful Burden of Caregiving

The Wonderful Burden of Caregiving

Many churches already support caregivers—with prayer and visits, welcoming them when they can participate in the life of the church and trying to bring church to them when they cannot. This week I want to look at some of the research around caregiving—an expansive field looking at numerous dimensions of delivering and receiving care—and challenge you and your church to think about ways this research can strengthen your ministry to those giving and receiving care.

Francis Collins and the DNA of Faithfulness

Francis Collins and the DNA of Faithfulness

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)…

Is the Church Undermining Itself?

Is the Church Undermining Itself?

This week I want to unpack how negative stereotypes, caused in part by the church, undermine efforts for Christians in the sciences to bridge faith and science. If the church is to aide Christians to pursue STEM vocations, as I suggested last week, we need to understand this threat and address it.

For Our Grandkids

For Our Grandkids

Helping the next generation see faith and science as a both/and instead of an either/or is one of the primary motivations for Science for the Church. One way to pursue this goal is to ensure that the church identifies science as a legitimate Christian calling.

To Infinity… and Beyond!

To Infinity… and Beyond!

I began by suggesting that the notion of infinity was simple—God is infinite and we are not.  But is it simple? What do we mean when we refer to God as infinite?

Q&A with Scientist Rick Lindroth: Part 2

Q&A with Scientist Rick Lindroth: Part 2

The Bible portrays God as loving not only people, but the full entirety of his creation. As Christians, we are called to both love God and love what he loves. One cannot truly love something without cherishing and caring for it.

Q&A with Scientist Rick Lindroth: Part 1

Q&A with Scientist Rick Lindroth: Part 1

“What may surprise readers is that I am also a better Christian for being a scientist. My scientific perspectives lend humility, curiosity, and appreciation for mystery, all of which enrich my faith experience.”

Not That Simple

Not That Simple

Reality is nearly always more complicated and often more interesting than these simple dichotomies, in part because science is rarely pure in its pursuit of facts. What are some examples?…