Can We Bridge the Divide Between Science and Religion?
From the New Books Network's Book of the Day Podcast
As a scientist and practicing Catholic, Glenn Sauer brings a unique perspective to important issues related to finding a space for dialogue between the at times opposing fields of science and religion. In his new book, Points of Contact (Orbis Books, 2020), Sauer draws on insights from Darwin, Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Kuhn, and many others, and presents a powerful and important framework for reconciling the historically changing divide between science and religion.
His take is that we need to encourage a stance of intellectual humility on all sides of the discussion as a means for finding common ground—or at least identifying points where we can have fruitful exchanges of ideas about how scientific and religious perspectives can coexist without ongoing conflict.
Glenn Sauer is an endowed chair of biology and biochemistry and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University, CT, as well as a spiritual director in the university’s Center for Ignatian Spirituality. He is the author of numerous articles published in academic scientific journals.