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When Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, he is urging us to nurture our innate, neurological capacity for empathy. However, when it comes to those who aren’t like us, many of us resist this innate ability. […] Read More

Views on the morality of gene editing vary widely based on its intended usage, a report found, with 60 percent saying it was morally acceptable to use gene editing to prevent an incurable or fatal disease. […] Read More

Religion and science are in conflict, according to 59 percent of U.S. adults, a 4 percent increase from 2009. However, when respondents were asked about their personal religious beliefs vis-à-vis science, only 30 percent expressed a sense of divergence (a 6 percent decrease from 2009), with 68 percent saying there was no conflict. The Pew […] Read More

One of my favorite theologians is the late Emil Brunner, Karl Barth’s nemesis and counterpart in the dialectical theology movement in Switzerland in the 1920s through the 1950s. I say “nemesis” because they had a very famous and unfortunate, lengthy and complicated argument about “natural theology” in which Barth used very strong language against Brunner […] Read More

American conservative Christianity, especially conservative evangelical theology influenced by fundamentalism, still struggles with science. And, of course, many scientists struggle with religion – except that which is completely privatized and makes no truth claims about reality outside the self. Cornell University’s late, former president Andrew White’s “warfare of science with theology in Christendom” goes on […] Read More

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. Trinity Sunday Genesis 1:1-2:4a May 26, 2002 Psalm 8; Matthew 28:16-20; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 In reading the drama of creation in Genesis, we learn there’s only one central character, God. And for the longest time God is the only actor on stage, the […] Read More

Why do we get knee-jerk reactions from some people of faith to anything dealing with science? It has been a few years since I took chemistry and physics at a university, so I don’t remember a whole lot of content. However, I do remember how science works. Science moves from hypothesis to theory to law. […] Read More

The challenge of being religiously faithful and scientifically honest has been with us since Copernicus and Galileo challenged prevailing understandings of how the universe is structured. The “Darwin period” – which is actually still with us, it seems – continues the challenge, as the most widely held understanding of the development of life on the […] Read More

There is something in us – something sacred, I believe – which recoils from the idea that the universe is its own explanation, that our existence here is a happy but meaningless stroke of cosmic luck, and that there is no Artist, no Designer and no Life-Giver behind, beyond and within everything that exists.  We […] Read More

No. 1: Isn’t evolution only a theory? While in everyday language “theory” means something uncertain and unproven, that is not what “theory” means in science. In science it means, “a hypothesis that has been confirmed or established by observation or experiment, and is propounded or accepted as accounting for the known facts,” according to the […] Read More