The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site is one half of a story told by both science and Scripture: not only are we one in Christ, all bearers of God’s image, but every human being shares 99.9 percent of our DNA. To use the words from the Cradle of Humankind’s website, “our collective umbilical cord lies buried” in Africa. It is a story about the unity of humankind.
Together, scripture and science, tell a remarkably similar story—despite all the difference and variation we see among humans—we share a common humanity. For science, it is known through our DNA. For faith, it comes from our unity in Christ and the image of God granted to each and every one us.
It is a simple story that binds us together in our common humanity. But do we really believe it?
We know that science engagement ranks low for marginalized communities of faith. However, we remain committed to helping all churches embrace science as a means for spiritual growth. As a result, SftC is committed to finding ways to foster science equity for BIPOC, engaging and leveraging diverse voices, and strengthening relationships with marginalized communities of faith.
I cannot help but believe that God preordained that this motley crew would gather to help the church understand and embrace science as a tool for growth and inclusion.
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus explains that God’s telos must be understood in terms of a Christian engagement that includes making provisions for the needs of the most vulnerable members of society.
It’s been one of the serendipities of the past year to have met the Rev. Dr. Edgardo Rosado, pastor, scholar, community leader, and (from what we’ve heard) a rockin’ electric bass player. Rev. Dr. Rosado provides us with fresh insights on connecting faith and science for Hispanic Christians.
Sylvester James Gates is not only the first African-American to hold an endowed chair of physics at a major American research university, but also a positive voice for faith and science.
Race continues to be an issue for American culture and the church. This 3-minute video, developed for use in religous settings, introduces some of the relevant science and can complement the work we are doing in the church to increase understanding about race and racism.
American Christians have a complex relationship...
This video is a great tutorial on the biology of race. Why does human skin color vary so much? Anthropologist Dr. Nina Jablonski explains the evoluntionary trade-offs of our varied melanin.