What are your thoughts about the relationship between science and faith? I look forward to your comments.
Monday, 13 November 2017
In yesterday's sermon I explored the often uneasy relationship between science and faith. The Governor-General's recent remarks on this topic left me sad because she seemed to suggest that science and faith can't co-exist. It was important to acknowledge the culpability of religious institutions in dismissing science -mostly in bygone centuries, but sadly in certain segments of Christianity to this day. Only a person with their head in the sand can't see the important impact of science on human life; however; I am convinced that spiritual pursuits also had, and continue to have, important contributions to animating human life. We need to recognize the metaphorical nature of ancient texts even while allowing that there may be embedded mysteries we don't understand - what we must not do, in my opinion, is dismiss them as irrelevant or outdated. In the sermon I argue against a dualistic and oppositional view of science and spirituality and suggest a mutual respect in so much as they bless and enhance our lives and the life of the planet.