Lewis West is a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School and managing editor of Cosmologics: A Magazine of Science, Religion, and Culture. His background is in South Asian Studies; his current work concerns religion in interwar America and Europe. He grew up outside of Philadelphia. You can reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having exiled the supernatural, science finds itself left with the task of writing a modern genesis, or a liturgy for a secular age. Science and religion are not ancient concepts. What we think of as inherently scientific today may have carried theological overtones in times past; what we conceive of as religious may have likewise found support in scientific circles. Both categories have emerged through complex and contradictory histories: