20 Christian Academics Speaking About God
This summer, Jonathan Pararajasingham created 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God and then Another 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God. If you’re counting, that makes 100. Right alongside these twin videos came 20 Christian Academics Speaking About God, a montage featuring some respected figures (save Dinesh D’Souza) trying to square religious beliefs with their scientific work.
You could perhaps add Karl W. Giberson and Randall J. Stephens to this list, two professors who teach at a Christian liberal arts college in Boston. Earlier this week, Giberson and Stephens published The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age and an accompanying op-ed in The New York Times called The Evangelical Rejection of Reason. And it all points to a tension within America’s religious community — the one side that is “intellectually engaged, humble and forward-looking” (like some of the folks shown above) and the other side that is “literalistic, overconfident and reactionary” and often hostile to basic science. Unfortunately, the authors argue, this backward-looking view has become the mainstream within evangelical circles, and it does a struggling nation no favors.