Dear WesleyNexus Recipient,
We recently read in the news that yet another poll shows that two-thirds of Americans don't believe in
evolution. Like many of these news releases, this one raises many questions: How was the question
asked? Did people really study and think about evolution before rejecting it, or is it their "off the cuff"
opinion? Or, did someone tell them "don't believe in evolution"? It is not explicit in these kinds of
polls, but for some the implication is that the one-third of Americans that accept evolution also reject
any religious beliefs. Regardless of how accurate these polls are, we believe there are a significant
number of people who grew up in the Wesleyan religious tradition who totally accept the science of
evolution and have not abandoned their religious heritage. It is for this subset of the "less than 1/3"
that we have organized the group called WesleyNexus. We are not particularly interested in debating
whether evolution is true (it seems obvious to us), but we are interested in discussions involving those
who live and work in a scientific world and are earnestly seeking a compatible theological
We believe that you have to work at theology just like you have to work at science, but where do you
start if you haven't "gone to seminary"? Our goal at WesleyNexus is to be a source (obviously not the
only source) of information that will make the task of studying theology easier for those of us who are
not theologians. And, after some personal adventures in this field that some call "science and religion"
we believe that you cannot hope to understand and communicate theology without some
understanding of modern science--they go hand in hand.
For example, WesleyNexus, on May 16th, co-sponsored a lecture/demonstration by Dr. William
Phillips, celebrated physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Nobel
Laureate, speaking on the topic "Einstein, Time, and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe." During the
question and answer period, when asked whether his work as a physicist might conflict in any way
with his faith as a Methodist layman, Phillips responded emphatically, "Not at all. In fact, I find that
the opposite is true. The wonders of the universe and the principles we follow in science actually
strengthen my beliefs as a Christian."
So, as we try to develop the WesleyNexus website into a useful science and religion study aid, we
invite you to join with us. What books do you find helpful? Where is a good place to start if you
want to develop your own Wesleyan based theology that fits with your science education? Where do
you learn about sound science that helps with your theological understanding of the universe? What
questions do you ask when you start thinking about science and religion? WesleyNexus aims to be a
place where these kinds of thoughts are discussed. Let us know what you think.
Dick Rhorer, Engineer
WesleyNexus, Inc. Treasurer