I sometimes wonder how I ended up as a translator. Biology definitely has its own language, terminology, and culture, but that isn’t really what I am talking about.
As a professional astronomer and a Christian, I feel God has called me to share these wonders with the church. Many times, these new discoveries are presented without any mention of God, and sometimes in a context of overt atheism. I want to share these things with you in a Christian context, with God as their creator.
Can we embrace the Biblical teaching that Christians can do all things, and that nothing is to be rejected? It might be time to stop trying to say what other Christians can and cannot do, and instead help each other negotiate the complicated task of living faithfully as individual sinners in a fallen world.
It seems to me that this distinction between knowing about and knowing relationally applies to more than just the nonhuman creation (or nature, if you will). It also applies to our relationships with others, with ourselves and with God.
My reasons for academic study are many, but to see my academic study in light of and in response to God's grace in my life has been the most freeing.
Unfortunately, when we are drawn into a discussion that looks at environmentalism on such a large scale, we miss the opportunities to be stewards of creation that are right in front of us on a daily basis.