This is the textbook definition of being out of one's league—but, wow, was it fun. I can't wait for all of you to watch Being Human with Jane Goodall and Francis Collins when it premieres Thursday night!
The conversation will also be available on our podcast, Language of God, where for the next six weeks we'll be exploring the question, "What does it mean to be human?" How better to kick off such a series than a conversation with the man who led the mapping of the human genome, and the woman who transformed our understanding of our closest evolutionary relatives.
Having these two together is pretty special, given that they are the two most recent recipients of the Templeton Prize, which honors scientific and spiritual curiosity. Francis speaks often about his commitment to Christianity. Jane, too, is steeped in the Christian tradition and a profoundly spiritual person. But I think it’s fair to say that she doesn’t always use the same words to describe her experience as many of us do.
In these days of social media echo chambers, we think it’s really important to hear from people outside our immediate communities, and her core message ought to resonate with us — the natural world is not there for us to consume as we will; as she reminds us, our own Scriptures charge us to be stewards of creation, not consumers.
I hope you have as much fun listening to this episode as we had making it.
Jim Stump, Host, Language of God