The Big Questions in Science and Religion, by Keith Ward (Templeton Foundation Press). Of the many excellent overviews of current issues in the interaction of science and religion, this one is readable and balanced, a good start for a broad audience. A theologian conversant with scientific issues, Ward covers ten questions, from the big bang to revelation and divine action.
Can I really reinvent myself, maybe by moving out west to California? Just what is a self anyhow? And where can I find one? Christians used to know what a self was. It was our soul, and we could neither invent it nor reinvent it. It was immortal, the gift of God to every human being.
Science matters. It matters to people in our local assemblies, to people in hospitals and businesses, to students and faculty in schools and colleges: science is important. Yet religious faith has long been central to humans as well, giving meaning to billions of people.
Much of the debate in the church over the issue of homosexuality has been far from edifying, and too many arguments simply rehearse points made earlier without advancing the discussion in any material way.