The bottom line is this: we mainline Protestants can and should embrace the responsible dialogue with natural science and thereby fulfill our mission of offering a prophetic voice in contemporary scientific culture. And we can now do so in ways not dreamed possible by the Barths and Tillichs of previous decades -- and without the costly and fruitless alternative of warfare or disengagement that littered the past. Praise God for creating a vast and complex universe such that it is intrinsically open to God's ongoing creative agency and loving guidance. And this is "Good News" indeed!
Robert J. Russell, Ph.D., is Founder and Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) and the Ian G. Barbour Professor of Theology and Science in Residence at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. His most recent book is Cosmology from Alpha to Omega: The Creative Mutual Interaction of Theology and Science (Fortress Press, 2009). He has co-edited a six volume CTNS/Vatican Observatory series on scientific perspectives on divine action. He is a founding co-editor of the scholarly journal Theology and Science, which CTNS members internationally receive. Dr. Russell is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.