What is Plpit?
“A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.” So said physicist Joseph H. Taylor, Jr., who won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the first known binary pulsar.
Yet many people, both in the Church and outside of it, assume otherwise. Consequently, Christians and their values are under-represented in the science and technology fields and recent research from the University of Oregon even suggests that many young adult Christians carry a stereotype that Christians are not good at science. How the Church engages science remains one of the most common reasons cited for why people walk away from the Church.
If we wish to keep the Church from continuing to grow with anti-science biases and instead to encourage churches to become places that are captivating for scientists, then we need to inform and equip church leaders and those who are influential in the developing church (missionaries) concerning faith and science. Plpit is one of our important efforts in this area.
Why We Care?
Instead of being critics or silent practitioners, we at Fuller’s Office for Science, Theology, & Religion Initiatives (STAR) envision a future in which Christ followers are proportionately contributing to the culture-shaping institutions in the world, including science and high technology. Our mission is to prepare ministers, equip scientists, and conduct new scholarship at the interface of the sciences and the lived Christian faith. STAR hopes to help prepare ministers who are informed concerning faith-science issues and can help make their congregations and ministries both hospitable to science and captivating for scientists. We want to help bridge the gap and support ministers by providing overviews of new research and science that is relevant to the church.