Saturday, September 03, 2005

Science and spirit

I have mentioned before that for the last year or so I have been a back-page columnist for Science & Spirit magazine. This is the only popular journal I know of that explores the interface of skepticism and belief with respect, uncompromised reason, and openness to mystery.

The July-August issue, which I've just caught up with, offers a forum to Michael Shermer, the editor of Skeptic Magazine, an evangelical Christian who lost his faith while studying theology, and Oxford don Alister McGrath, who began as a student of biology and chemistry, felt unfulfilled by science, and became a believing Christian. My own sympathies, as you might guess, lie with Shermer.

Best of all however is Science & Spirit editor Karl Giberson's sensible and balanced introduction to the Shermer-McGrath face-off -- a perfect illustration of the way the magazine contributes a valuable voice to a discussion often filled with rancor and intolerance. Unfortunately, Karl's essay does not appear in the website archive.