“I’m publishing an essay about theology and science, that begins as follows:
“Any fruitful dialogue between theology and science must take into account three fundamental ideas, admittedly more consistent with scientific method than theological. First, the driving force of human history is evolution; there is no credible evidence of another driving force. Second, evolution is not “going” anywhere; evolution is not moving us inexorably toward some final culmination (eschaton). Third, on the evolutionary scale, we humans, having arrived rather late, will almost certainly not survive much longer. Like countless other species, we shall one day become extinct, and the world will go on without us.
“To such a dialogue, theology would bring an extraordinary variety of stories and symbol systems and wisdom literature that cannot easily be reconciled either with one another or with science, but may point to something beyond evolution itself. That is the question both theology and science may debate.”