Faculty are gathering, putting final touches on class preparation, and yesterday heard and talked about science and theology.
“You Lost Me” by David Kinnaman tells that many 18 to 29-year-olds have left church because they perceive the church to be anti-science. “Every week,” Kinnaman writes, I am contacted by young Christians who tell me that their faith cannot survive their interest in science. They feel the church has forced them into an either-or-decision – they can either stay true to the Christian faith or become an intellectually honest scientist” (132).
Dr. Joshua Swamidass deals with students like that. An M.D., Ph.D. and committed Christian, he is Assistant Professor of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University. Some quotations from his time yesterday with the Faculty: “There is no way to be a Christian in this world without thinking about science.” “Voices that young people are hearing in science are not pointing them to Jesus.” “There’s a real curiosity in this world about who Jesus is. Scientists are more curious about Jesus than our arguments against evolution.” “Let’s not turn to science for our confidence, security and truth. Let’s turn to Jesus.”
What might that mean as you go to church on Sunday? Science, Dr. Swamidass said, isn’t a set of ideas that deserve angry arguments. “Science is a community of people Jesus loves.” Wouldn’t that be interesting for our young adults to hear!