BioLogos board member Dr. Jennifer Wiseman (whose thoughts we featured earlier in the week) wears many hats—she’s a world-class astronomer, for starters—and is involved in a dizzying number of organizations promoting positive science/faith dialogue. Besides her involvement at BioLogos, she is the leader of DoSER (Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion), a program of the influential American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In late January, she appeared on the PBS show Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly to talk about “Science in Seminaries”, a AAAS project (directed by her) which funds science education at 10 seminaries around the country. On the show, Wiseman explains why future clergy need to understand science correctly as part of their ministry. The short clip also offers an overview of tensions between science and religion, past and present, and how clergy are often on the front lines of these debates. Here’s the video (full transcript can be found here):
What do you think? Should clergy-in-training have to take science classes as part of their education? Is this the right way to bridge the gap between scientific and religious communities, or will it just harden existing narratives? Also, do you think the show accurately portrayed the diversity of Christian opinions about science, or could it have used more nuance?
Dr. Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and speaker. She holds a B.S. in physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard. Active in science and faith dialogue, she enjoys giving talks to congregations, youth groups, civic groups, and science enthusiasts on the excitement of science
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://biologos.org/blog/jennifer-wiseman-interviewed-on-pbs-about-science-in-seminaries