Against the backdrop of the "Space Window" from the National Cathedral, Bishop Adams offers this reflection on the question of "Science Versus Faith".
I recently found myself in conversation with a twenty-something person, a bright young woman who had drifted away from her Episcopal parish. She declared she is now a part of that largest demographic of people, those who respond “none” when asked about their religious affiliation.
Genuinely interested in her story, I inquired as to why she was no longer a part of a congregation. She replied that she could not be a part of a body of people who would not acknowledge evolution as a scientific concept. In short, she had come to think that it was impossible to believe in God while embracing scientific principles.
In contrast, I have a sister who is a nuclear physicist and also a committed Christian in the Episcopal tradition. Her experience is not one of having to choose between science and faith. In fact, she says that as she delves ever more deeply into the complexities of her scientific work, she discovers there the handprint of a wondrous God who continues to amaze, even dazzle.
So many these days speak of science “versus” faith, but my hope is that we will increasingly speak of science “AND” faith.2 reflections added
Turns out the word “Institute” has lots of synonyms! Consider just a few: Brainery, Guild, Academy, Plant, Society, Asylum – from such a broad context the Compass Institute came to be, an endeavor of the Episcopal Church in Central NY. We invite you to engage what it means to be a spiritual person in this complex world along with fellow travelers who respect individual differences and value postmodern knowledge.
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