David Lee: Science and the church's song

David Lee's undergraduate studies in Geology with Geophysics (Durham University, UK) and then M.Sc. in Computing Science (Newcastle University, UK) have been followed by a career in IT closely associated with scientific research: thirty years at Durham University, eight years at ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) and now at the UK national synchrotron, Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire.

As a lifelong, Bible-honouring, evangelical Anglican, he has always had an interest in the interplay of "origins", from both geological and theological viewpoints. And as a lifelong church musician, hymnwriter and songwriter, he has always recognised the central role that corporate worship plays in Christian formation and discipleship.

Bringing together all these, he has long lamented the failure of our worship to engage with science and the resulting tensions generated for some Christians. He longs for the day when the church begins to appreciate, honour and teach the very different, yet complementary, natures both of God-given science and of the Ancient Near East cultural settings against which God-given scripture gradually took shape.

Some of David's psalm paraphrases and hymns allow such resonance to come to the fore. In particular his hymn In chaos and nothingness specifically brings together modern science and wisdom passages of scripture; the book "Inspiration and Incarnation" by Peter Enns was a particularly influential background in its shaping. The hymn was recently chosen by BioLogos for their annual conference.