Learning from Science Communicators: Setting the Cultural Agenda


While Christian perspectives can be heard in public discourse, they are largely confined to a narrow band of topics where they clash with dominant secular worldviews — including sexuality, creation/evolution and beginning or end of life issues. This leaves Christians frustrated that the enormous breadth of biblical thought is unheard or misrepresented. In recent years scientists have faced similar issues, in particular that they have compelling answers to questions that the majority of people aren’t asking. Their response has been to prioritise the communication of scientific depth, particularly through mainstream and online media, in a way that captures the public imagination. Kay Carter asks how Christians might learn from the success of the science-communicators phenomenon to broaden the space for Christians in the public square.