Posts from 2014

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Science and Judaism Workshop Yields Surprising Insights

by Christine Scheller

“Jews were not the first scientists; that distinction goes to Greece and the Pre-Christian century. But according to the great German sociologist Max Weber, it was Judaism that first led to what he calls Western rationality, which made science possible, and the reason it did so was because Bereshit Chapter One is the first act […]

Can Scientists and Evangelical Leaders Work Together?

by Christine Scheller

  In February, more than 7 million people tuned in to watch a debate between Bill Nye “the science guy” and Creation Museum founder Ken Ham. In September, more than 300,000 people—including representatives of evangelical faith groups—marched through the streets of New York City to bring attention to the dangers of climate change. In October, […]

Discussion Guide Aids Dialogue in Atlanta

by Christine Scheller

If news headlines are any indication, relations between scientists and religious people are chilly at best and have little hope of warming. What can be done? Investigating perceptions to build understanding between scientific and evangelical Christian communities is a primary goal of DoSER’s Perceptions Project. As follow-up to a major nationwide survey on attitudes and […]

Environmental Science Front and Center in Denver

by Christine Scheller

Climate and renewable energy were front and center at DoSER’s second Science Perceptions Workshop, held in Golden, Colorado, August 15. The workshop drew a wide variety of local scientists, along with evangelical leaders from area churches, para-church organizations, denominations, and seminaries. Together the group considered scientific topics of concern in the Colorado region. In a […]

Perceptions Project Hits the Road

by Christine Scheller

With foundational work from two focus groups and a nationwide survey of nearly 10,000 people to inform it, DoSER’s Perceptions Project took to the road in May, hosting the first of three regional workshops. Participants in the Pasadena, California, meeting of scientists and evangelical leaders reported benefiting from this unique opportunity for dialogue regarding their […]