I certainly hope so. What’s needed is an openness to listen, instead of assuming that the other side is just ignorant of theology or science. I think the participants in this forum have so far been surprisingly very open-minded and sincere, so I’m optimistic about what we can slowly achieve here.
However, sometimes dialogue has its limits. This summer I went to a conference for Thomistic philosophy which was attended by a mixed audience of philosophers and scientists. The two groups often talked past each other (even though everybody was a serious Catholic). For example, a philosopher said that modern science was only studying “arrangements of matter” and so had little to say about the veracity of Aristotelian metaphysics. The scientist was offended that science was simplistically reduced to that phrase, and argued that scientists today talk about more than “arrangements” - they talk about bonds, forms, and states of matter, for example.
What I concluded from this interaction is that it’s hard to express what philosophy or science is by just saying a few sentences to each other. The mindset of a scientist is formed by many years of working in the lab, thinking with a certain accepted set of common rules that are very different from that of a philosopher’s.
I agree with you - but my point is that it was read primarily by scientists, secular or religious. The audience was not philosophers or theologians. So the lack of theological sophistication got by perfectly fine. Collins’ description of his faith in that book is perfectly orthodox and robust, but it wasn’t very extensive. I remember him quoting Augustine about Genesis, but he did not discuss Augustine’s views on creation in depth.