Krista Tippett, host of NPR’s Speaking of Faith, sits down with some of today’s most reputable thinkers to discuss the relationship between science and spirituality. Her conversations are not so much a dialogue than a series of question-and-answer sessions. Interviews are conducted with figures such as the ever popular Mehmet Oz, John Polkinghorne, and other luminaries.
In today’s times, science and religion are presumed to be mutually exclusive. Tippett offers a fresh alternative to the strict dichotomy. Through interviews, she presents respectful, nuanced conversation about the overlap and intertwining of science and religion. An atheist, holding firmly to her beliefs, offers that it is difficult to disprove the existence of God, while a devout Christian views evolution as having a part in the Creation Story. The culmination of interviews reveals mysteries inherent both in science and religion, providing common ground between the two. If nothing else, John Polkinghorne’s discourse on the nature of light and the role of quarks, as applied to religious paradigms, makes the book a worthy read.