One of the most intriguing ideas in Laity Leadership Senior Fellow Elaine Howard Ecklund’s book Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think is the idea of “boundary pioneers.”
“A boundary pioneer is a scientist who is well respected in the scientific community and does cutting edge research, but is able to openly discuss issues related to faith in their work. By doing so, they are able to break down what is sometimes thought of as a very concrete boundary between science and faith,” Ecklund told The High Calling.
In the book, she mentions Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, as an example. He isn’t so much a pioneer because he successfully integrates his faith and his work, she wrote, but because he is willing to “talk openly about such reconciliation.”
Although both religious and non-religious scientists told Ecklund how much they dislike evangelicals (because of evangelical opposition to things like evolution and human embryonic stem cell research), not a single scientist said anything negative about Collins, who is an evangelical. …
Read the whole introduction at The High Calling.