Science and the Search for God (Lantern Books, 2003)
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Which is more dangerous: science or religion? Doesn't the greatest threat come from the estrangement of the two?
I came to the insight that science and religion need each other when I learned the astronauts aboard the international space station were fixing a problem aboard their ship with duct tape and wire clippers.
It occurred to me there are two kinds of challenges in our world: the kind of problems that can be patched together with duct tape, and those that can't.
Science has been terrifically successful at delivering engineering solutions to technical dilemmas. But it has been a terrible failure at providing people with a sense of purpose and answering those age old questions of who we are, where we come from, and how we fit into the larger scheme of life. For that, faith is needed. But what kind of spirituality is adequate for our modern cosmos of quarks and quasars?
This book is my attempt at an answer. As Einstein said, science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.
Reverend Gary Kowalski
"Kowalski has written the story of faith and science in a way that reads almost like a novel. It is written for lay people, but scientists and theologians will profit as well. The days of estrangement should end. No book has more promise than this one of hastening that end."
John B. Cobb, Jr., Professor Emertius, Claremont School of Theology
"Eclectic and wide-ranging in its gentle yet acute reflections of how we might think about the nature of things both scientifically and religiously, this book offers much material for discussion and food for thought. Mr. Kowalski's ruminations are at once intelligent, humorous, humble, daring and thought-provoking."
William A. Graham, Dean, Harvard Divinity School