This issue of Covalence highlights the Templeton Prize winners past and present in addition to looking at the “truth-telling” aspects of the faith and science dialogue.
Well-known conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall wrote in one of her more recent books, “And always I have this feeling – which may not be true at all — that I am being used as a messenger.” What will she do with that important message? Despite a pandemic, leaders such as Goodall and last year’s Templeton Prize winner Francis Collins are each still actively promoting the idea of faith and science working together in the public good, as we look more closely at in this month’s feature.
We also consider the need for truthfulness is not only society, but also in science and in faith, with a unique essay from retired teaching elder Jim Miller. Throughout his career, he has been a leader in the Presbyterian community in reflecting on ways faith and science work together and was often seen on the sidelines of AAAS meetings. Since 2008 he has co-chaired the Broader Social Impacts Committee of the Human Origins Program of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History.
In other developments this month, there is a new certificate program on climate justice starting up, an effort by UK Anglicans to explore science and faith interactions and an ongoing research study on religion and spirituality.
Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.