The last few MLK days, I have made it a point to read his letter from the Birmingham jail, both to remind myself of how far we have come, yet also to remind me of how far we have to go. It struck me that his words for the church have relevance for us today as we see the division in the church has changed a bit from racial lines to the issues of politics, sexuality, and as we see here to the faith- science issue, though the racial aspect is still present though perhaps finding a proxy in social justice issues.
A quote from his letter:
"Things are different now. So often the contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. So often it is an archdefender of the status quo. Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church’s silent and often even vocal sanction of things as they are.
But the judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If today’s church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. Every day I meet young people whose disappointment with the church has turned into outright disgust."
I would encourage you to read the full letter is you have the time. Here is a link if you so desire:
In an attempt to make this relevant to the forum, do you see any parallels to the science faith debate, or is such a comparison inappropriate, given the tremendous injustice of racism, and the piddly hurt feelings suffered by participants here? Is there common ground for discussion given the damage suffered by the church in both?