Does religion offer something special that science doesn’t?
The Reverend Mark Goodman is the Dean of St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma, where he majored in Botany. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Iowa, where he specialized in bryophyte systematics. After working in botany for a brief period after graduate school, Mark followed a call to ordained ministry and graduated from the General Theological Seminary. He continues to draw upon his scientific background to inform his theological explorations and teaching, striving to draw others into an appreciation of the rich interface between science and faith. An avid amateur astronomer, Mark also brings this voice into the dialogue of religion and scientific endeavor. He maintains his interest in botany through membership in the Botanical Society of America and introducing his parishioners to field botany and the evolutionary relationships between plant groups in occasional forays into the local Sandia Mountains. He participates in the annual Evolution Weekend, an opportunity to focus on the relationship between scientific thinking and theological exploration.