In-Sight: An Amazing Conversation–If Only

Dualistic thinking has all but stopped the conversation between scientists and theologians.  Until we are willing to see the facts of science as the actions of God and the revelation of God as an affirmation of the created order,, we will not find the common ground we need to talk about our existence. 

Theologians need to stop portraying science as some kind of attempt to deceive us or turn us into atheists.  And scientists need to recognize that theology (while not a physical science) uses symbol and story to point toward and affirm aspects of life that scientists are discovering right and left.  We need to stop the conflict between molecules and metaphors.

When scientists and theologians can meet in this non-dual appreciative place, we will create the space for one of the most interesting and amazing conversations that has ever taken place on this planet.  Only when the voices of science and theology are combined will we ever make full sense out of “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament reveals his handiwork.”  When science an theology unite to be a choir, we will at last sing, “this is my Father’s world” the way it is meant to be sung.

About jstevenharper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 31 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church
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4 Responses to In-Sight: An Amazing Conversation–If Only

  1. Cheri Cowell says:

    Steve, do you know groups/people/movements that are currently doing this, who are fomenting this type of dialogue? I’d like to write an article to encourage people to support and join in this effort.

  2. clutchgrc says:

    Great insight my friend

    Sent from my mobile device

    Respectfully, Gary

  3. fredlozo says:

    Thank you for voicing this elementary truth. Dualistic thinking tends to ignore the reality of the spiritual component of creation that becomes more obvious in what Richard Rohr calls the second half of life.

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