The book Faith and Wisdom in Science brings a number of themes and ideas together to make its suggestion that we can and should reframe a long, human, cultural narrative for science. It suggests that our inability to sustain a reasoned public and political conversation about troubled technologies, and our concerns with science policy, science education and the way science is portrayed in the media, all point to the lack of a deep narrative that supports the place of doing science and being human. It suggests that ancient wisdom literature is a place to look for a wellspring for the “missing narrative” and exemplifies the Book of Job, as a starting point. This move opens a new way into science and religion questions, and in particular appeals to the need for a theology of science. It suggests that science can be understood both theologically and anthropologically as the work of reconciliation of a broken relationship between the human and the material world.
Cricial responses have emerged already from public launch events at universities and other fora in the UK and the US, which have sparked some very interesting discussion. In the hope that some of these responses might be shared more widely, and perhaps even some of the open questions in the book followed up, this blog invites postings from readers. If I have anything to say in response I will try to say it!
The idea is that some of the original discussants at launch events for the book leave posts of their points on the Comments and Replies page of the blog. Those and my replies will constitute an updated record of those discussions. I will post further developments of the Faith and Wisdom in Science story on the home page.