For the first post on this blog, I’d like to say a few things about this group, and where we plan to take the blog.
We call ourselves Christians for Scientific Inquiry. Not to be confused with either Christian Scientists, nor with that popular TV show that shares our acronym (honestly, I was not consciously thinking about it when picking the name, it just rolled off the tongue). We are a non-denominational grouping — though not anti-denominational; for instance, I’m an Episcopalian. What brings us here is our common faith as Christians *and* our scientific background.
We believe that science and religion *can* be reconciled; indeed, given that a substantial proportion of the world population profess a faith in a Divinity, it is imperative for us, religious scientists, to make sure both camps understand each other. Our world is too fragile, and our development of exploitative technologies too advanced, that our Christian calling to be stewards of the earth — a calling shared with members of other faiths and with secular humanists — compel us to attempt to dispel certain misperceptions about science, especially as held by some Christians. Such as that congressman who cited the Bible as evidence that we do not need to act against climate change, because God has promised Noah not to send another flood…
We hope to run a regular “Science Friday” column, with the first installment due tomorrow. We will also publish special articles on dates of importance — name days of Christian saints who happen to have connections with science, or important dates in the lives of important scientists, especially those whose work affect or are affected by religious prejudices.
Tomorrow being the birthday of Stephen Hawking, your editor plans an article on cosmology. Do leave your comment for suggestions on further column topics, if you want to contribute, or if you have something to say.