This morning I sat down with a handful of colleagues spanning the humanities and hard sciences for a planned conversation about evolution, the Bible, and the implications. I’m not going to try to document our conversation because that would be much more substantive than a post. What I will say, though, is that the exercise was extremely valuable for me. I really enjoyed listening to academics in the sciences responding to a topic and reading set out by a philosopher (not me).
What was especially fun and interesting was the way thing started. A female colleague in the sciences opened our discourse by asking the philosopher, “Why did you find this author’s argument either intereresting or persuasive?” She quickly followed that by adding, “Because I didn’t.” In many circles, her question and comment would set up a quick ending to the discussion. Instead, she merely piqued our interest as the philosopher patiently explained his choice and his opinion. Soon, we were well down the road in trying to find some common ground. Before I knew it, over two hours had passed.
This is the way the university should be. Congratulations to colleagues at Union University for spontaneously organizing this kind of activity and for being so gracious as to invite me to join.