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It’s Ultimately About Relationship – A Brief Reflection On FAW2019 — 2 Comments

  1. >We discussed how the strongest bridge between faith and science
    >is not a series of apologetic arguments, but people who are
    >searching for truth and meaning. In that exploration, we can
    >either strive for a relationship of honesty, transparency, and
    >charity or continue the unfortunate culture of distrust that has
    >arisen from what I would call the “faith and science industry” –
    >an industry in which both people of faith and people of science
    >are responsible for the dysfunction.

    Excellent point, Fr. James — and I like the term “faith and science industry”, because at times it does seem that there is a cottage industry in that particular area.

    This semester is only a couple of weeks old and already I have had several students inform me about their “faith and science” views. As always, some are looking for my astronomy class to justify their breaks with their religious heritage, while others are worried that my astronomy class is going to attack their religion. I try to teach a class that works for both — that will engage all these people, and not have anyone heading for the door. After all, the students can’t learn astronomy if they are heading for the door because of other issues. It is difficult, and it is difficult in part because of that industry you mention.

    • Thanks Chris! And thank you for a wonderful presentations at FAW2019!

      From my ministerial work, what I hear in your students is what I call the “myth of certitude.” The student who is trying to affirm God doesn’t exist is trying to find the skeleton key they presume science possesses to finally vindicate their presumed certitude that there is no God. The student who holds onto their faith has been so conditioned to think that faith and science are incompatible that they fear a skeleton key exists to rock their presumed certitude that God exists. They are both misguided. I always tried to show the students I worked with that the lack of certitude, even when faith in God is present, should get us excited because honest explorations of faith and science show us that there is always more to learn. And the more we learn, the more we learn how little we know! At least that’s how it works for me!

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