“You only end up challenging religion if religion bursts forth and says, ‘from our holy books, this is how the universe must be.’ Then you’re kind of setting yourself up for the data to then respond. Modern religious people, like the 21st century- I would call them ‘enlightened religious people’ are not anchoring the truth or falsehood of their religion on what a scientist discovers through their telescopes… Religion for them is a spiritual place of comfort and happiness and relationship,” said deGrasse Tyson.
The above quote comes from an article (Physicists and Theologians Stir as the James Webb Space Telescope Project Advances) that speaks to the possibilities of what the new James Webb telescope may find as it looks back in time. It seems that once again, some in the religious community view the discoveries of science to be a threat. I believe that all truth is God’s truth be it the truth we discover in science and the truth we encounter in our own experiences with God. I am not disturbed by what science uncovers. I am bothered by those who view science as an enemy and who live by the motto, “I know what I believe, don’t try and confuse me with the facts and by those who would ignore Scripture because it did not fit with their “faith.”
I am extremely thankful for my full and diverse theological education. I have experienced the legalism and indoctrination of a fundamentalist perspective, the honest search for answers and assurance from an orthodox but not fundamentalist position, and my exposure to the more esoteric and “progressive” theologies that are currently in vogue. I also pay attention to any scientific studies that have a connection with what I believe about the faith I embrace. What I value more is my experience with God. My experiences give me more than seeming facts. My experiences touch me deeply and support my confidence in God and in the assurance my faith gives me. I have learned the value of paradox, the importance of discernment, and the richness of living a life in search of the truth of God.
I respect scientists and value their work regarding helping us better understand ourselves and our world. I do not panic when a discovery may appear to challenge my faith. Neither do I get too excited when a scientific discovery provides a plausible apologetic. Our knowledge of our world and its surroundings is growing exponentially. I do not allow either end of the spectrum to have too much weight in how I infuse new knowledge with what I already know. I am just grateful to be a being God has created to enjoy the creation and all that God is doing around us. I do, following the advice of Ignatius of Loyola, to seek God in all things for this is exactly where God is to be found regardless of my own ignorance and arrogance.
 As I write this, I am reminded of a modern theologian who says, “If it does not fit with my interpretation of the Bible, especially in the Old Testament, then the writers of the Bible got it wrong.