Dr. Leslie Wickman, a scientist and former astronaut who once served as a Hubble Space Telescope engineer, fervently believes that the ongoing debate over the perceived incompatibility of science and religion is merely “an illusion of conflict.” Wickman, a Christian who has no problem accepting both science and religion as palatable realities, recently told The Church Boys podcast that she grew up in a Bible-believing home and was raised to embrace that “God was the source of all … wonder” on the Earth and in the skies.

“It’s an illusion of conflict … perpetuated by people at the extremes of the dialogue,” she said of those who staunchly debate over whether science and faith can truly mesh. Wickman, who now heads the department of engineering and computer science at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, and is the author of the book “God of the Big Bang: How Modern Science Affirms the Creator,” said that “fundamentalists” on both sides of the discussion make finding a middle ground quite difficult. MORE