As the school year begins, so does the curiosity of how we answer some of the “big questions.”
Campus ministry is a welcoming place to ask those questions; as we see this month, a growing number of churches catering to young adults are looking to incorporate faith and science ministry into their events calendar. In this issue, we feature a snapshot of some of the ministry work related to science and how it is has expanded in recent years.
Covalence Theological Editor George Murphy brings us back to basics in his commentary on the promotion of new atheism under the guise of scientific “reason” regarding the existence of God.
Critics often say that faith arises in the absence of scientific understanding (i.e. natural phenomenon can be explained by saying “God did it”). Murphy shares a profound in a statement from one of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s prison letters. Bonhoeffer writes, “We are to find God in what we know, not in what we don’t know.”
And therefore exploring the big questions with students of all ages is so important. They are seeking God, but if they are looking for some sort of miraculous sign from the heavens they likely have missed out on seeing God in their daily lives.
There is also a sense of awe that is shared among spiritual seekers and scientists alike. This awe is difficult to quantify, but recently published research shows how effective it can be in not only formulating the right questions, but also perhaps more importantly in forging the curiosity to seek out the answers.
Last, but not least, we are working on our editorial calendar for the coming year. If you are interested in submitting an article, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.