Pastors who have engaged issues of science are surprised by how responsive their congregants are. It is as if they have stumbled across a hunger they never realized existed.
In my own congregation, highlighting the scientists in our midst—all of whom happened to be physicians—resulted in the largest attendance in the history of adult education events. We also brought in some outside speakers dealing with neuroscience, the history of religion and science, cosmology, the Bible and science, evolution, and geophysics. Those gatherings were just as successful in terms of attendance and energy. People were not so much gaining new knowledge as entering into an appreciative inquiry of the interaction between science and faith.
Churches ought to be sites for the intelligent, lively, convivial engagement between religion and science. Such conversations will not be the kind that set out to prove somehow that God fills the narrowing gaps of unexplained territory which science will never be able to fill. Rather, they will seek to engage the world that science discloses as evocative of God’s manifold creative Spirit. Science with its manifold discoveries and descriptions does not threaten the existence of God. More often than not, science discloses how thoroughly mystery interpenetrates all things.