In regard to the last paragraph, I think that it is a
useful suggestion to establish some common ground in
discussion of issues that are clearly implicated by
the science/faith interface. Broad overlapping
God's action in the world (how does it take place
within or outside of "natural" processes, the nature
of miracles, etc.)
Theodicy (why does evil exist if God is good and
omnipotent, how do we define evil, etc.)
Freewill/personhood (how does what we know about
neuroscience affect our view of freewill and
personhood, how does scripture treat free will, etc.)
Christian morality and its implications for various
areas of science/engineering (ecology, bioethics,
Secularism and the academy -- what is it about modern
academic training/life that apparently leads to the
promotion of or self-selection for secularism (after
all the arts and humanities are even more secular than
the hard sciences or social sciences according to
polls), differences in disciplines re promotion of
secular metaphysics and why, etc.
Lots of big areas to explore. It may help the
structure of such discussions to have a book or two
going at any given time to meet the interests of
various people. It would certainly help focus
people's discussions and enable perhaps more fruitful
exploration of these issues.
Good suggestion, Terry.
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