Prof. Nancy Howell, Ph.D.
Professor of Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Saint Paul School of Theology
Kansas City, MO
Christian scripture encourages believers to worship God with heart, mind, soul, and strength. My education included both science and theology because of my deep longing to worship God with my mind. In my twenties, I studied science and contributed to university research because my faith inspired wonder at the natural world. As a theologian, I now reflect in amazement on the diverse historical and contemporary ways of engaging science from the perspective of faith. My faith grows because both Christian thought and science nurture my belief.
The theory of evolution helps me to understand the natural world in relation to God’s love. Authentic love requires freedom, and evolution describes the way that nature is free to love God. As humans, animals, and plants make their way through the processes of nature, a loving God does not control nature, but God is present in creative natural processes and with creatures. Evolution not only opens my eyes to the complexities of nature, but opens my heart to the depth of God’s love, wisdom, and creativity. Deep appreciation of the beauty of nature generates a deep and intense knowledge of God, which is the mind’s worship.
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