|Teleportation as imagined on "Star Trek"|
We really, really need to think about these things in church—even in worship—and not in the luddite fashion of resistance and fear. We dare not hide behind our theologies because science and its technologies are rapidly leaving our ancient truths in the dust. Or, better, seem to be doing so. Religious faith at its best, perceives a deeper plane or a more central aspect to life, which is not physical yet has physical manifestations. That deeper plane is the world of the spirit and the Spirit. Spirit is a life-giving, animating, inspired "presence" in that which has life. The Spirit is the life-giving, animating, inspired "Presence" that impels cosmic evolution forward. The Spirit has gifted us with love, faith, kindness, compassion, insight and wisdom, patience, and even self-control. These are not tangible, physical properties, but they are real realities that we sense and experience with an almost physical clarity.
But is science and its technologies taking us in the direction of spirit and the Spirit—or not? If not, should it? What is the ultimate purpose of science and its technologies? Will science one day achieve a breakthrough to that deeper plane, one that brings it into the presence of spirit and the Spirit? Or is it a hinderance to the human quest for deeper meaning and wisdom? These are among the most pressing theological questions of our day. We need to reflect on them more deeply in local worshipping communities—in worship as well as in local study groups. Ultimately, the right uses of science, the spiritual uses of science will depend on our collective spiritual will to seek the Spirit. I'm not suggesting that science become somehow more religious but that it become more spiritual. It is our calling as people of faith to encourage it in that direction. Amen.