As you take a break to enjoy the summer weather, review these pieces and share your responses. …
1. Andy Crouch: Christians, culture and power (Faith & Leadership, Duke University, 8:31 on-line video): Andy’s back with more! Do you agree with him that
Christians don’t like to talk about power. But cultural power — the ability to create — is something all people are meant to have.
Should we (or do you) start each day with such a vision? How well are you able to embrace and articulate a distinction between power to coerce (e.g., political) versus power to inspire (e.g., cultural power for the redemption of creation)?
2. Vatican’s Celestial Eye, Seeking Not Angels but Data (George Johnson, NY Times, 6/22/09). Check out
[t]he Vatican Observatory Research Group [which] does workmanlike astronomy that fights the perception that science and Catholicism necessarily conflict.
Anyone have reflections on Galileo or The Two Books (i.e., the Book of Nature and the Scripture)? On Monday, I had the opportunity to hear Ted Davis, Messiah College’s Historian of Science, lecture on The Galileo Affair: What Really Happened. He had just returned from The Legacy of Galileo Symposium and had upgraded his presentation, below’s an excerpt.
No story in all of the history of science is more famous than that of Galileo, who was tried by the Roman Inquisition after he had written a book advocating the new astronomy of Copernicus. But the real facts of his story are much less well known. … The ideas being debated involved science and religion, but this is not an example of the “warfare” of science and religion. Galileo saw himself as a faithful Catholic; the church never opposed any proven fact; and the real debate was between different Christian views on how to interpret the Bible. — Ted Davis, Messiah College, History of Science. 6/25/2009. Part of the the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science summer lecture series.
3. When to Be Naïve: It’s not a virtue just for children (Christianity Today Magazine, 6/12/2009): Edith M. Humphrey, William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, has a good word to share, wish the article was slightly longer. Note: If you haven’t already, I highly recommend reading Edith’s Ecstasy and Intimacy: When the Holy Spirit Meets the Human Spirit (Eerdmans, 2005).
We must therefore consider the dynamic of the Christian story rather than merely static principles. God alone, who lives from eternity to eternity, has the wherewithal to be absolutely simple and omnisciently wise at the same time; human beings, on the other hand, must take things in stages, for they are indeed players in the drama of God.”