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1 Intersection: Science & Faith
Transcript of 1 Intersection: Science & Faith
Thoughts, Comments, Questions
Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Psalm 19:1 - 2
Things to know . . .
February 2nd, 2014
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
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Intersection explores the crossroads of faith, culture, and life after Sunday morning. A safe harbor to discuss pragmatic decisions, doubts, and dilemmas, we are an authentic community looking to form friendships with people in any phase of life or depth of faith in Christ.
Intersections of Faith and...
Prayer and Praise for the Intersection Community
What role did God envision for science in creation? Do we only have science as a result of the Fall?
Because creation is an embodiment of God's thoughts, science can be understood as the process of “reflecting the thoughts of God from the creation” through the collective work of humanity. And, for Kuyper, it is inherent in the original created order, rather than a consequence of the fall. The doing of science is an integral part of God's plan for creation.
Qideas J. Summers "Where Angels Cannot Tread: Science in a Fallen World"
Catherine Hirshfeld Crouch is Assistant Professor of Physics at Swarthmore College, where she teaches, develops curricular materials and pedagogical strategies for undergraduate physics, and studies the optical properties of nanoscale materials. She has published more than twenty peer-reviewed research articles and she regularly involves Swarthmore undergraduate students in her experimental work.
The Psalms in particular are enlightening—everything in creation speaks of the glory of God, whether explicable in materialist terms or not.... If we were more willing to see modern science as a gift revealing knowledge about God to us, we might have a better relationship with scientists. We would better understand that “explaining” something scientifically isn’t “explaining away” its spiritual significance.
Qideas: R. Pritchard "Science and Religion: Why Our Beliefs Matter"
When the church is more willing to embrace what we learn from the study of the natural world and to pair it with the special revelation of Scriptures we’ve inherited from our forebears we’ll be able to pray with the poet: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).
Qideas: R. Pritchard "Science and Religion: Why Our Beliefs Matter"
What can we learn about God that we can't deduce through science? What can the Bible teach us that the study of the world around us can't?
What questions can science answer that the Bible can't?
Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health.
Oversaw the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium, and its landmark effort to sequence the entire human DNA code; the Human Genome Project.
1. How does the actual practice of Christianity influence your own view of the compatibility of science and faith?
2. Does your growing faith cause you to be more accommodating or more critical of scientific findings?
Qideas: R. Pritchard "Science and Religion: Mixed Results
Science and Christianity - Early history
N. Copernicus (1473 - 1543) a Polish astronomer, proposed the highly controversial heliocentric model for the universe. It was widely believed at the time that the earth was the center of the universe (geocentric model). The geocentric model was supported by the Roman Catholic church based on a literal reading of Scripture.
G. Galilei (1564 - 1642) was an Italian physicist, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher. He supported the Copernicus heliocentric model and helped to refine and defend it through improvements to the telescope. He too was met with opposition from the church.
R. Boyle (1627 - 1691) was an Irish chemist. he believed that science was crucial for the biblically-mandated dominion of humanity over the creation. Above all, the actual practice of laboratory science–and he was one of the creators of the scientific method–was highly conducive to leading the Christian life. The virtues of the scientist (honesty, humility, and devotion to one’s calling) are also those of the Christian. And, Boyle claimed, the more we know about nature and the more deeply we understand the details, the more we will be led not only to glorify God, but also to admire and thank God–in short, science could help make us more pious.
John Polkinghorne (1930), a mathematical physicist and an Anglican theologian. sees science and Christianity as ‘cousinly’ enterprises that are both trying to establish ‘motivated belief’. His recent book,
Theology in the Context of Science
, stresses the crucial point that larger questions of meaning and purpose go well beyond science. The universe ‘is not only rationally transparent’, he argues, but also ‘rationally beautiful, rewarding scientists with the experience of wonder at the marvelous order which is revealed through the labors of their research’. The laws of nature ‘have a character that seems to point the enquirer beyond what science itself is capable of telling, making a materialist acceptance of them as unexplained brute facts an intellectually unsatisfying stance to take. The fact that science is possible at all is not a mere happy accident, but it is a sign that the mind of the Creator lies behind the wonderful order that scientists are privileged to explore. In short, ‘the activity of science is recognized to be an aspect of the image of God.
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Science or Faith?
Do you have to choose?
Is it possible to have serious, Bible-believing Christians, that are also are well-qualified, practicing scientists?
How would you characterize the church's opinion of science?
3 Ways to Support Science From Within The Church
Dr. Alister McGrath
"Overcoming the Faith and Science Divide"
Was a research scientist at Oxford University before he became a theologian.
Holds doctorate degrees in the fields of molecular biophysics and theology.
Presently Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, and Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion and Culture, at King's College, London
Is involved in theological research and the professional development of clergy from a range of Christian denominations. As a former atheist, he regularly engages in debate and dialogue with leading atheists, and is presently researching the iconic role played by Charles Darwin in atheist apologetics.
A Sunday Morning Community at The Church of the Good Shepherd
Have you ever felt your faith was threatened by science?
How do you respond?
Jos 10:13 "And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies."
Ps 93:1 "...the world is established; it shall never be moved."
Ecc. 1:5 "The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens to the place where it rises."
of the rightness and robustness of Christianity.
scientists to view their career as a calling from God to be salt and light in the scientific community.
popular thinking about commonly held scientific principles.
3 Things the Church Can do to Support Science