The advances in science and technology have had a profound effect on humanity. While these advances have changed life in dramatic ways, the quest for purpose and meaning has not waned over the millennia. There’s a reason why Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life is one of the bestselling books of all time with sales topping 30 million copies.
The Templeton Foundation has invested heavily in drawing scientists, theologians and scholars from a diverse array of fields to address these deeper questions of life. This video offers a succinct overview of this project. To some, an integrative model that ties faith and science may seem Utopian without much hope for the intersection of these parallel universes. For other brave souls, it is another frontier in scientific discovery.
In my previous entry, I had highlighted that only six percent of the American public turns to scientific information when it comes to issues or right and wrong. Further, only 9 percent turn to philosophy and reason to sort out such matters.
The difference between the American public and the scientific community is apparent in a Pew study published in 2009 that reported that only 51 percent of scientists believe in God or a universal spirit, which is in stark contrast to the general population in which an overwhelming 91 percent believe in God or a universal spirit.
While 28 percent of the general population is made up of Evangelicals, only 4 percent of the nation’s scientists are Evangelical. Further, while 24 percent of the population is Catholic, only 10 percent of scientists are Catholic. Given the gulf between the public and the scientists, can science offer insights that shape our deeper convictions? Or, are faith and religion truly parallel phenomenon without a meaningful bridge of convergence? I hope you would share your thoughts.