The discussion between science and religion has interested me on a professional level since at least 2005. That was the year of the Dover trial in Pennsylvania. I do not intend to discuss that trial here as it has been addressed in numerous places already by people who are more knowledgeable than I am (see here or here). I think that what piqued my interest more than anything was that I couldn’t understand how people could be so bothered by the teaching of evolution. It made no sense to me. I have always been the type of person who could easily separate science and religion in my mind.
Over the past 10 or so years, my research interests have shifted to focus on science and religion. My PhD training focused a lot of nature of science. My expertise is in that field as well as what is science and how scientists conduct their work. To me the people who are most troubled by evolution don’t seem to understand science in general. Now that is a generalization that doesn’t apply to everyone. But it does seem to be the case when you really look at the arguments used by those who oppose evolution or those who feel threatened by evolution.
For the past several years I’ve gotten better at defending science. I continue to improve as I read more, write more, and advocate more. It is something that matters to me very much. But one thing I’ve noticed is that I don’t have much knowledge when it comes to the Bible. My goal is to change that with this project.
The purpose of this effort is to read the Bible in one year. My friend and rector of my church, Father Kevin Brown, helped me come up with a schedule (go here for a downloadable version). He also asked if we could open this up to the entire congregation. Hopefully several members will join us on this journey. My goal is to write about my experience each day. I will use that space to reflect on what I read. I will also pose questions that I can hopefully answer at a later date. While reading the Bible I will also continue to read other books and resources on science and religion and hope to include some of that in my writing. Finally, I plan to post my thoughts once a week. Of course, if someone reads what I put and wants to share their thoughts, I’ll be happy to read it and start a dialogue.
If you know me personally, you will most likely understand that whenever I post anything it is to share my thoughts and to better understand the Bible. My goal is not be critical of the Bible. My goal is to understand the Bible. I will emphasize questions that I have while reading something. These questions may be silly to you or the answers may seem obvious. I’m telling you this because I want everyone to know that if something you read bothers you or you wonder why I emphasize a specific question, just let me know. Please try not to take anything I write as a direct attack on you or your beliefs.
Some questions I seek to answer (NOTE: I anticipate this list changing/growing):
- What is the meaning of the reading?
- What were the goals of the author(s)?
- How do the readings relate to other texts?
- What was the purpose of the Bible historically?
- What’s the context of each book?
Here are some navigational tips for the site:
- For my thoughts on each reading, click here or Bible Reflection in the menu at the top of each page
- For the reading schedule, click on Schedule
- To see other sources I am reading during this year, click on Additional Readings
- To see my thoughts on these other sources, click their title in Additional Readings or the correct sub-menu under the Additional Readings menu at the top of each page