Science-Religion Interface Resources
from a United Methodist Astronomy Professor
Intelligent Design is the latest battle in the "culture war" over
different worldviews now waging primarily in the United States. The reason
why in the Western world, it is such a big deal for the United States alone,
has to do with the very important role religion played in the foundation of
the country, as Michael Ruse describes in his article "America's
Evolving Problem" on the Science & Spirit site (local PDF copy because the original site link is no longer available). The articles below
by my brother and I are the preliminary explorations of a way to balance the
truths of both science and religion while honoring both so we do not feel we
have to give up the contributions of one to have the other. These articles
are offered with the humble realization that they are two perspectives in a
vast continuum of beliefs of how science and religion interact and work together.
They are offered with the hope that they will help you navigate through the
rhetoric of the pundits and shouters on the extreme outer
the debates with an open mind and heart.
I am presenting these as my personal views and not as astronomy fact or scientific
theory like all of the rest of the material on the Astronomy Notes site.
I am in both "camps" in the science-religion debate/dialogue. I am
an astronomy professor with a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Washington
and I am an active, participating member of a christian church called Wesley
United Methodist Church in Bakersfield, California, USA. One person described
my particular faith as one town called "Methodism" in the province
called "Protestantism" in one state called "Christianity" in
one country called "religious-spiritual experience" in the world
of human experience.
- Note to students.
With this short note, I simply want to make you aware that it IS possible
to be both a believer in a religious faith and a scientist who agrees with
the evidence of an old Earth and universe (billions of years old) and that
life has developed and changed through the process of evolution-natural
selection (including "macro-evolution"). Recent books by scientists
who are also devout practioners of their religious faith are listed, as well
as, online articles and podcasts by others who mesh their religious and scientific
views without compromising the truths of either.
- BC Renegade Talk "Getting Lost in the Universe: Looking for the Needle of Meaning in a Universe of a 100 Billion Haystacks". Contains a slightly longer version of the actual talk I gave on April 21, 2016. Bridges the religious and secular views. PDF of the text of my talk (no pictures)
- Interfaith Panel on Science & Religion 2014. Every year Bakersfield celebrates the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi with a conference on some topic that brings the various faiths together. In 2014 it was a panel discussion on the compatibility of science and religion. I was the rep for Christianity and others spoke from the perspectives of Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism. Follow-up article for the newspaper.
- A God-centered reason for science and sustainable living. A reply to the carefully crafted sentence "Only Nature knows when the next cooling will begin."
- Darwinism, Faith and Morality from a talk given at the Norm Levan panel on October 13, 2009. There are links to the slides I used and a slightly expanded version of the "script" I used for the talk. I had about 20 minutes to present my view on how evolution and faith can be compatible..
- One scientist's perspective
on Intelligent Design from
a talk given at the Norm Levan panel on Intelligent Design (ID) at Bakersfield
College on April 21, 2006. There are links to the slides I used and an expanded
version of the "script" I used for my talk. I had twenty minutes
to talk about the evolution - creationism conflict as well as some specific
of ID, so I know that this is too brief an exposition. New: annotated
versions of each of the slides were posted on August 28, 2007. These
new slides have the expanded script of my talk plus the pictures from the
- Some Troubles
of Intelligent Design: A Look at the Culture Battle Between Science and
Religion by my brother, Brett Strobel.
He is an ordained clergyperson in the Christian Protestant denomination
called the United Methodist Church.
- More Comments on ID and Religion-Science from email exchanges with two
of my brothers.
- The Truth of the
Bible Is Metaphorical------ a more than literal meaning describes
a way to take the Bible seriously and as a sacred text without having
are not "lies" but in fact speak more truth than a
literal meaning ever could.
Heart of Christianity", a book by Marcus Borg, a popular Christian scholar
who has articulated what literally millions of mainline, non-fundamentalist
Protestant Christians in the United States have felt for many years.
- Why not teach Intelligent Design In Our Schools? A passionate look
at the controversy. My first foray into this discussion on ID. I wrote it in response
to the efforts of high school district board members to have ID taught in
the district's science classes. The high school district board members making
the proposal are actually young Earth, Noah flood geology creationists with
a decidedly fundamentalist viewpoint. I admit that this piece is not as humble
as I claim to be at the top of this page.
June 17, 2016
Author of original content: Nick