In considering the difference between faith and science, the late astronomer Carl Sagan never wanted to believe. He wanted to know, said his widow Ann Druyan. That wanting to know is the drive behind a seven-week worship series at Countryside Community Church in Clarks Summit, said the church's pastor Rev. Dr. Jean-Pierre Duncan.
The worship series, entitled It Began with a Star, will explore the relationship of faith and science from the perspectives of scientists and of theologians. The presumption of the series, said Dr. Duncan, is that science and faith are not antagonists. They both start on the common ground of wonder. And from that common ground, both strive to know more and more about the world around them—about the cosmos and all that exists.
Each Sunday from now through Feb. 10, the worship service will focus upon various aspects of faith and science in an effort to dispel misconceptions about both fields, and foster an appreciation for both. One of the messages, Duncan said, will include a quick-and-dirty primer on the search for the mis-named ‘God Particle' and its implications for people of faith. We won't get too technical, but it will be interesting.
The pastor does not expect to become embroiled in the Evolution-Creation debate, which he feels would be fruitless. What he does expect is that those who participate in the worship series will come away with a deeper appreciation and curiosity for science, and a stronger well-informed faith.
Countryside Community Church is a United Methodist fellowship that worships in a newly-constructed building at 14011 Orchard Drive in Newton Twp. Worship is on Sunday at 10 a.m., with Sunday School beginning at 9 a.m. To know more about the church and the series go to www.countryside-church.org, or call 570.587.3206 or e-mail the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.