Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Edward Winslow, a secular humanist sociobologist from Harvard, recently wrote an open letter to an imagined Southern Baptist pastor and the larger evangelical community. His letter is published in the September 9th, 2006 edition of The New Republic. He proposes a common commitment to work together for the protection of biodiversity and life forms. Al Mohler thinks that this letter should be taken seriously, and I agree with him.

Many Christians are hostile towards science because they see science as the enemy of christianity. I believe that Christians should embrace science. To say that there is no conflict between the two would be to utter nonsense, but the conflict does not mean that they are incompatible, if both are seeking truth.

To some it may make sense to say there is scientific truth and there is religious truth. If you want scientific truth, become a scientists, and if you want religious truth, read your Bible and go to church. There are valid truths to both of these fields, but they should not be combined.

My question to this type of statement is "why can't they be combined?" and the first answer that comes to my mind is "they can't be combined because they conflict." Because of this conflict, a separation between science and religion has occurred, instead of working through difficulties together in search of absolute truth.

For the Sunday School Class readers, this letter goes well with our study of Adam Hamilton's book Confronting the Controversies: Biblical Perspectives on Tough Issues. On Sunday morning we are talking about the debate between Creation and Evolution in Public Schools. Should be interesting.

Here is a portion of an email I got from The New Republic publicizing the article:

In this week's TNR, the Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson contributes an essay on one of the most interesting political developments of the past year: the rise of evangelical environmentalism. To be sure, the number of evangelicals who have gone green is still relatively small. That's why Wilson has written his essay in the form of a letter to an imagined Southern Baptists preacher, with whom he pleads the environmentalist case. Wilson comes from the South and the tone of his letter exudes empathy for the Christian resistance to science. He argues that Christians can reconcile an anti-modernist worldview with environmentalism. It's a very passionate and important appeal. Subscribe today for $9.97 to read this article and the rest of the content in our latest issue.



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