Christian Humanist Profiles 37: Owen Gingerich

GingerichArtIn his 2014 book, God’s Planet, published by Harvard University Press, Dr. Owen Gingerich, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and the History of Science at Harvard University, and senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory explores the deep connection between scientific work and the religious commitments (or lack thereof) of those engaging in scientific inquiry.  His thesis in this book, which consists of edited lectures given by Dr. Gingerich at Gordon College, is that the realms of science and religious or metaphysics can never completely be disentangled – and to maintain that a complete separation can be achieved is neither realistic nor helpful.    Gingerich in these lectures explores the work of Nicholas Copernicus, Charles Darwin, and Fred Hoyle as a means to build the argument for a more realistic and appropriate approach to thinking about science and religion.   In this edition of Christian Humanist Profiles, Todd Pedlar discusses God’s Planet and related issues with Dr. Gingerich.

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