Dean Smith

A Pastor’s Fresh Perspective to Faith, Science, and Life

My name is Dr. Dean Smith, and I pastor a multi-site church in Silicon Valley. My early years as a Christian included a heavy emphasis on Young Earth Creationism, but later I become agnostic, at best, on the issue of origins. Not that I doubted God’s involvement; I was anxious to preach through Genesis 1-4, but I knew I could not honestly teach it the way it had been taught to me.

In Spring 2009, as a board member of the company Highway Media, I was invited to Washington D.C. to attend the initial launch of the BioLogos website. Since then, my involvement with BioLogos has transformed not only my understanding of origins but also brought me a fresh perspective to faith, science, and life. The people who have shaped the message and ministry of BioLogos, including Francis Collins, Deborah Haarsma and Darrel Falk, have helped me migrate to a vibrant faith that makes much more sense. With wisdom and humility, BioLogos has bridged scientific truth to the conservative evangelical world by stimulating informed, constructive conversations allowing me to preach on Genesis 1-4 with honesty.

In 2011, I served as producer of From the Dust, a feature-length documentary film released jointly by Highway Media and BioLogos. The film was created with a high view of scripture while maintaining a mission of truth seeking. BioLogos consistently provides invaluable resources that transform our understanding of matters of science and faith.

Our first church site still meets across the street from Stanford University. We have a large number of scientists within our Palo Alto church community. The ministry of BioLogos helps them integrate their faith with their work and establishes a base for conversations about science and faith through our church communities.

Dear BioLogos reader ...

In the escalating vitriol in our culture, “science” and “faith” have found each other on opposite sides of a polarized divide. Truth and community are under attack.

If there is one thing the pandemic has shown us, it is what science can and cannot do. Scientists and doctors have done amazing things during the pandemic—identified the virus, treated the disease, and developed safe vaccines that work.

But in these polarized times, science can’t reduce anger, forgive sins, build mutual respect, or fill us with compassion for others.

Science alone can’t give us hope. Faith can. Join BioLogos today in reaching a world desperate for hope. Your tax-deductible donation will be the difference between someone encountering misinformation, or a thoughtful, truthful, and hopeful Christian perspective that shows faith and science working hand in hand.

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