Although I find the history and philosophy of science fascinating, if I start examining the nuts and bolts of it I quickly end up over my head. So why did I end up in two science-based classes this term?
One is a theological anthropology class, focused on multidisciplinary perspectives of the human person. The other is a philosophy class entitled “Science and Faith in a Post Christendom World.” Both are connected to the Q3 Science and Faith conference that Asbury is hosting in March. Although I’m looking forward to going, I fully expect the physicists and neurobiologists to quickly overwhelm my unscientific mind.
The reading list is daunting:
Christopher Southgate, et al., God, Humanity and the Cosmos
Joel Green, Body, Soul and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible
Thomas Oord, Divine Grace and Emerging Creation: Wesleyan Forays in Science and Theology of Creation
Ben Mitchell, et al. Biotechnology and the Human Good
Ian Barbour, Science and Religion
Owen Gingerich, God’s Universe
Alvin Plantinga and Daniel Dennett, Science and Religion: Are They Compatible?
As I dive into the these I’m already having my brain rattled, both by the mindbending scientific advances of the past couple of decades, but also by the fact that certain things I’d taken for granted theologically just aren’t as clear, certain or necessary as I had believed them to be.
Maybe at the end of this I’ll be a little smarter. Or maybe I’ll just be more confused.