In his famous 1959 Rede lecture, C.P. Snow demonstrated how the ‘two cultures’ of science and the humanities had become divided off from each other, to their – and humanity’s – impoverishment.
But Christians are monotheists, believing that everything is related to everything else and can, in principle, be in harmony with everything else, because everything comes from the same one (and loving) Source. We cannot therefore acquiesce in any hermetic seal between different bits of reality: we have to keep asking how they are related. We have to keep making connections, because those connections are there to be made, and are, indeed, God-given. Making those connections is integrative and unifying. For monotheists, there can be no epistemological bifurcation, no social ghettoization or apartheid, for God is the source of all.
Wycliffe is therefore really excited to be able to make appointments in both the arts and the sciences – an artist in residence and a philosopher of science.