|Illustration from: Pierre d’Ailly, Concordantia|
astronomiae cum theologia (1490)
How we talk about the relationship of faith and science matters, thus, to scientists and people of faith. An article recently posted by Rabbi Geoffrey Mittleman entitled, "How to Talk About Science and Religion," is a useful brief guide to some of the ways we can talk about this important relationship. Mittleman describes four ways of framing it: (1) contrast; (2) concert; (3) conflict; and (4) contact. He favors the last way, which puts faith and science into a mutually beneficial dialogue with each other. He concludes the article by writing, "When we remember that both science and religion are human enterprises, we can remember that the most important question isn't whether they need to be viewed separately, or if they can be reconciled, or if they are inherently in conflict. The most important question is: How are they being used?" I recommend the article.