Dear Ed: Thank you for your book addressed to a “Southern Baptist pastor.” As a Baptist pastor on the western edge of the South (and a Southern Baptist until a few years ago), let me say that it was good to hear from you. I appreciate your southern civility and good manners, as you put it. They go a long way toward starting a conversation about “saving the planet.”
Scientists like Richard Dawkins of Oxford (The God Delusion) and Sam Harris of Stanford (Letter to a Christian Nation) also have new books dealing with science and religion. The fact that they are fundamentalist scientists does not help the cause of dialogue any more than that many of my fellow pastors and theologians are fundamentalist Christians. An increasing number of us who are Christian are working at caring for God’s creation, and if we are going to work with scientists like you, good manners between us all helps.