In the last 10 years or so, society has seen the rise of what one could call the “Pop-Scientist”. These individuals – like Richard Dawkins, Neil Tyson DeGrasse, Bill Nye, and Lawrence Krauss – have all become relatively famous by popularizing science using their charisma and ability to explain complex scientific principles to the average person. And that’s a great thing.
Science is an amazing field of study – from biology and astronomy, to quantum physics and engineering, the pursuit of the understanding of the physical world is a noble and worthy effort. The efforts of these high profile ambassadors of science has made science cool and accessible to more people than ever before.
But the unfortunate side of this development is the common tendency of these types of scientists to either minimize the importance of the ways we understand existence that are non-measurable (such as our understanding of God). Either that, or they speak on theological matters but conflate methodologies; trying to shoehorn the understanding of God into the same realm as trying to understand a particle. And that is a fatal flaw.
Using their exposure and platform to speak on matters of theology with no training and from the point of view that the physical sciences are the only worthy means of explaining existence, they are lowering the general public’s understanding of the line between theological concepts and scientific concepts, and that is a shame, because theology is an academic pursuit on par with – or even superior to – the physical sciences.
That’s why it so important that new theologians are trained and learn how to study the questions that are unmeasurable by science alone.