Every faith community engages scientific knowledge and authority differently, reflecting diverse historical, ethnic, and socio-political stories. This truth is often missing from faith and science conversations, yet some of the most pressing issues today—skepticism toward public health experts, debates over human origins, access to medicine—are better addressed when we allow for dissimilarity in our deliberations.
In this second installment of our Science, Race, and the Church series, join Science for the Church’s co-founder, Greg Cootsona, as he hosts a conversation with Edgardo Rosado, associate director of Ciencia, Fe y Esperanza, an initiative with Hispanic congregations to spur deeper engagement with science. This conversation will address unique dynamics of faith and science discourse in Hispanic churches and explore similarities and differences with other Christian communities.
Edgardo Rosado is a pastor, scholar, and community leader. He is Associate Project Director at Esperanza’s Ciencia, Fe y Esperanza initiative, Adjunct Professor at Nazarene Bible College, Visiting Scholar at European Nazarene College, and Executive Pastor with the Nazarene church in Media, PA. He holds a PhD and MA in Pastoral Leadership and a BA in Biblical Studies, all from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico.
Greg Cootsona is a scholar, pastor, and author. He is a lecturer in Comparative Religion and Humanities at Chico State University and before that served for 18 years as a Presbyterian pastor. Greg has authored numerous books, including Negotiating Science and Religion in America (Routledge, 2020). Greg is also a co-founder of Science for the Church, a national initiative using science to invigorate the church, an organizational partner of Upper House.