For us, as people of faith, the information that science is now offering us from the farthest reaches of the Universe has something to say about a God whose divine action is embedded in 13.7 billion years of Universe dynamics, not extraneous to it. It has something to say about a five billion-year-old Earth, and the manner in which life has been brought forth. It has something to say about the nature and meaning, and even the sacredness, of this planet. It has something to say about what it means to be human in this critical moment in the history of Earth, when we find ourselves in the midst of a period of a great die-off of life unequaled since a meteorite hit Earth 65 million years ago. Since it is a die-off for which our technological industrial society is largely responsible, it is ours to participate with others in responding to this shocking and scandalous crisis. This responsibility is especially incumbent upon us as people of faith.

As theologian John Haught reminds us, ‘There is nothing in Christian faith that should make one afraid of science’s widening and deepening of knowledge—The more extended and elaborate our sense of creation becomes, the more we should be able to enlarge our appreciation of the world’s Creator, and the scope of divine purpose and providence.’ This, in turn, must move us to right action on behalf of the planet.

—Margaret Galiardi
Where the Pure Water Flows: The New Story of the Universe and Christian Faith