It has been just over a month since the Biologos Foundation issued, “A Christian Statement on Science for Pandemic Times,” and the number of signers to the statement has swelled to over 6,500, according to the organization founded by Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.
Prominent signers so far include: well-known theologian N.T. Wright; climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe; podcaster Michael McHargue ‘aka Science Mike’; fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation Jennifer Wiseman and a wide variety of biologists, physicists and pastors.
The statement outlines distinct action that Christians should take during the COVID-19 pandemic – wearing a mask, getting a vaccine, working for justice, working to dispel misinformation and praying for both grieving families and scientists hard at work on a vaccine.
“We, the undersigned, join together as Christians who uphold the authority of God’s Word and see science as a tool to understand God’s world,” the statement begins. “We call on all Christians to follow the advice of public health experts and support scientists doing crucial biomedical research on COVID-19.”
The statement affirms the work of scientists, including those who are Christian such as Dr. Francis Collins, who views his work as continuing the healing ministry of Jesus. “Pursuing medical treatment is not a sign of weak faith in God, but a grateful acceptance of God’s gifts,” the statement adds.
Collins, earlier this year, was named the 2020 Templeton Prize Laureate, an honor reserved for those who have made an impact in the arena of faith and science. Late last month, the auditorium at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., was nearly empty officials said as Collins accepted the award.
There were also plenty of disclaimers reading, “all crew members were tested, masked and required to maintain social distancing.”
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.