DMin Science and Theology Grad Daniel Gordon Combines Both in New Professorship
Born, raised, and still living and working in middle Tennessee, Daniel Gordon ’16 grew up in the a cappella Churches of Christ. “I identify with and appreciate our tradition, while challenging some of its attitudes, beliefs, and practices,” Daniel notes.
Several church-based influences in Daniel’s life converged to convince him of a career in ministry. “For years I threw all my energy into that pursuit,” including his majoring in Bible at Lipscomb University (Nashville), then earning an M.Div. at its Hazelip School of Theology. “But after a decade and a half, my cumulative experiences convinced me to pursue other work”—a decision Daniel says was “loaded with relief and pain, uncertainty and hope.”
He goes on, “My interest in the relationship between science and faith grew within and because of my work in ministry, largely because of my encountering numerous poor treatments of science in church settings. As a result of those experiences, I started seeking a better understanding of the relationship between science and faith—both for myself and to help the church.”
Enter PTS. Having decided to pursue a D.Min. instead of a Ph.D., Daniel browsed dozens of ATS-accredited schools and found PTS’s Doctor of Ministry Science and Theology focus compelling and, in some ways, suited perfectly to his goals. He was not disappointed. “The program was truly interdisciplinary and drew me into cohort friendships that persist to this day. I gained important competencies and learned how to foster what our program director called ‘a new kind of conversation.’” Upon Daniel’s graduation, his D.Min. thesis, “Bringing Hidden Things to Light: Fossils and Faith in Tennessee,” earned him the Seminary’s Richard J. Rapp Memorial Award for excellence.
As of August, Daniel now holds Lipscomb University’s first-ever position dedicated to science and theology, the McClure Professorship of Faith and Science. “My role involves teaching, program-development, networking, researching, and more,” he explains. Additionally, he holds memberships in the American Scientific Affiliation and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.
On his blog (danielgordonblog.com), Daniel notes, “I welcome readers who do not share my beliefs, positions, or perspectives. I make no pretensions of knowing it all. What I do make is an effort to convey what I have learned, how I see the world, and, specifically, how I see science / faith relations. May the posts and discussions here contribute positively to your own efforts to understand what you think and why.”