Day1 Radio Series Explores Science and Religion

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An eight-part series, “Faith & Science in the 21st Century,” has started its run on Day1, a non-profit ministry radio program geared towards mainline Protestant American churches. The series, which is funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, will feature leading theologians and scientists exploring key issues in science and religion.

The first episode aired on September 27 with guest The Rev. Scott E. Hoezee, director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids. In the interview with series presenter Peter Wallace, Hoezee touched upon the importance of science when preaching or teaching about the faith, as well as how science and faith can inform each other. “Do science and faith inform each other, have anything meaningful to do with each other?” asks Hoezee. “The more we learn about creation through science, the more reasons we have to praise God.”

Hoezee also provided a sermon titled “Every Creature,” where he asked some “big questions,” such as whether the cosmos has a purpose and whether human beings matter.

The second episode aired on October 4 with The Rev. Dr. Ted Peters on the topic of God and the cosmos. Forthcoming programs, including guests such as The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long, and The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, will examine issues including physics and eternity, and genetics and morality, as well as explore how to sustain and develop conversations about these matters in churches. The goal of the series is to facilitate meaningful conversation around science and religion, particularly among people of faith.

Day1 airs on more than 200 radio stations and the programs can also be found as podcasts at day1.org. In an article for The Huffington Post, Wallace detailed his interview with Hoezee and outlined the themes for complete series. “I’m honored to produce and host the weekly program, which celebrates 70 years of weekly broadcasts this year,” he adds.