Hello. My name is Paul Wallace and I am the author of psnt.net. Here’s a little about me in case you’re interested.
I don’t have a business card, but if it did it might say something like: Paul, Minister to a Secular Age.
The decline of the institutional church during my lifetime has been astounding. To many it feels like failure, and in some ways it may be just that. But I see it as an opportunity for the church to slough off the trappings of power and control, which is of course precisely what Jesus has always asked of us: “Follow me,” he said, and we all know where he’s going. Now the church has a new chance to die, and therefore to truly live. Do we have the nerve?
I don’t know. But what I do know is, our part is to love the world with the uncompromising love of Jesus Christ, and not just that part of it called church. This is only possible if we reject the division between the secular and the sacred. If my own life stands for anything, it stands for the loss of that distinction. The gate to life may be narrow, but it is everywhere and in all things.
A science nerd since childhood, I received my PhD in experimental nuclear physics from Duke University in 1996, did the obligatory postdoc, and moved to gamma-ray astronomy. From 1998 until 2008 I was a professor of physics and astronomy at Berry College in Rome, Ga. At that point I returned with my family to my hometown of Atlanta where I started the Master of Divinity program at Candler School of Theology at Emory University. I graduated with a concentration in historical theology in May 2011. In November 2014 I was ordained into the gospel ministry by First Baptist Church of Decatur, Ga., a congregation of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.
I teach physics and astronomy at Agnes Scott College in Decatur. I also occasionally teach at local seminaries. Last fall I taught a class at Candler entitled Natural Science and the Doctrine of Creation, and next semester I will co-teach a course (with Bill Brown) on science and the Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. Though a Christian, I have a deep affection for Buddhism and have twice served on the faculty of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative in Dharamshala, India. In an earlier life I spent three fun-filled summers in Greenbelt, Md. as a Faculty Fellow at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
I am married to Elizabeth Sides Wallace and we have three children. We live in Atlanta and like it fine.
Periodically I am invited to preach and/or speak at churches and colleges. Please contact me through the comments form below if you would like to talk about the possibility of me visiting your organization or group. Your email address will not appear publicly. We can communicate via email once I receive your note. I am happy to provide references.
I hope you enjoy psnt.net. Please contact me by leaving a comment below if you have any questions, comments, radical remarks, shouts of joy, or other observations.