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Embracing Science

Embracing Science

Let’s put the faith vs. science mentality to rest
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If you were to listen to the views espoused by some of today's foremost "new atheists," you'd quickly draw a conclusion: We humans don't need religion, faith, or "God" any more. Science has answered (or is answering or someday will answer) our questions. Faith—akin to belief in a made-up fairy tale—has no place in a life of honest, logical scientific inquiry.

And if you were to listen to the views perpetuated by some Christians, you'd quickly draw another conclusion: we Christians ought not trust science or its conclusions or, for that matter, most scientists. The Bible, rather than science, answers our questions. Wherever they appear to be in conflict, faith trumps science every time. Science—which is just secular humanism in disguise, after all—has no place in a life of true, devoted Christian faith.

But is this really the case? Are faith and science mutually exclusive—archenemies, locked in a centuries-long battle for truth? Ought people of faith stay away from the sciences and view scientific findings with suspicion (at best) or utter disbelief (at worst)?

Science and God's Second Book

While there certainly are arenas in which the interaction between faith and science may be difficult to parse out, those experiences of tension certainly don't mean science must be rejected as a matter of faith.

While there certainly are arenas in which the interaction between faith and science may be difficult to parse out, those experiences of tension certainly don't mean science must be rejected as a matter of faith. "We live in a culture in which science and faith are often presented to us as being in conflict. As Christians, though, if we believe that the God of the Bible is the creator of all we see, and if nature is—as the apostle Paul suggests—just as much God's book as the written Word, then science and faith cannot be in conflict," asserts Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.

Hayhoe continues, "When they appear to be [in conflict], I believe it is because we do not yet have enough information or a full picture. Maybe our theology is too narrow or maybe our science is incomplete. Maybe we'll never know which (or both) are true. But I do know that a little humility and some acknowledgement that neither side has all the answers will go a long way toward reconciling God's two books and God's people."

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Kelli B. Trujillo

Kelli B. Trujillo is editor of Today’s Christian Woman. Follow her on Twitter at @kbtrujillo or @TCWomancom.

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Today's Christian Woman, 2014, September Week 1
Posted September 3, 2014

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September 10, 2014  6:43pm

I think faith-based objections to science arise from the reality that much of science has been hi-jacked by those with atheist world views. In reality modern science was made possible and, in fact, largely founded by Christians. I was fascinated to learn the etymology of the word "theory." It means, "I see the divine," and was used by early modern scientists to express that they saw a glimpse of God's handiwork in nature. We need to separate science and atheism and take back science from the atheists.

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Michael Groves

September 10, 2014  1:11pm

Paul did not suggest what the author says he suggested. Paul said that our creation is proof of a creator and that He is God. General revelation (the creation) points to the specific revelation of the Scriptures which points to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Paul did not equate Scripture and the creation in importance and certainly not man's fallible interpretation of creation. Science and Faith are in tension because they are opposites. One is from God and the other from man. One believes in what is not seen and the other seeks seen things to believe in. To say that science and faith will eventually come to the same "middle ground" of "truth" is heretical. This view elevates science and devalues Scripture. Just answer this question: which one is inspired by the Holy Spirit? There are two books of equal importance in God's library...Old and New Testaments. In Christ mjg

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September 05, 2014  11:03am

Science most often seems aimed toward disproving God's hand in creation. The starting point of the majority of the experiments and theories these days are definitely not on neutral ground, but obviously swayed toward evolution with no other possibility in mind. If this was not the case, more people of faith would likely be more welcoming to the views of science.

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