What do scientists actually think about religion? And what do religious people actually think about science? The stereotypical answers to these questions will come up short once you’ve looked at sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund’s books.
Science & Religion
Does history show a conflict between religion and science? According to Peter Harrison, a careful study of history finds a very different narrative.
Rachel Held Evans, who passed away in 2019, was a leading voice for progressive Christians and found that integrating science was critical for keeping her faith. In fact, when we surveyed our audience in 2020, we found she was one of the top voices who had influenced our respondants.
Of course, history reminds us that for every abolitionist like cousin Emily, there is at least one story of a slave owner who was also motivated by faith. The history of Christianity, like any family history, is terribly complex with examples that make us proud and others that remind us of the need for confession and forgiveness. This, of course, is also true of the history of Christianity and science.
Disciple Science is an organization dedicated to creating quality videos that would “reach those who feel forced to choose between science and Christianity and invite them to follow Jesus, know creation, and grow in faith.”
This week, Rob Barrett from The Colossian Forum shares his thoughts on faith and science and how churches can lean into and benefit from engaging difficult, potentially polarizing issues.