Science and Faith

Science and Faith

How do we respond to the claim that science and faith are diametrically opposed? Are science and faith trying to answer the same questions, or are they different spheres of study? We recommend beginning with the "Get Started" content for a good overview. "Going Deeper" explores subtopics related to science and faith. "Further Study" will set you on a trajectory of lifelong learning!

Get Started

Breaking the Deadlock | This article by Dallas Willard addresses the tension between a Christian’s two authority systems at a University, “one more or less associated with science and the other with religion.” He addresses the need to reestablish the University as a place for “thought and knowledge” rather than a place of “right views” that pits sides between factions that should not be divided but explored. 
How to Be a Christian In __________ | This website provides resources on how God moves through your area of science, and some of the troubles you will face as a Christian in that field. Includes Organism Biology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Engineering, and Research.
Addressing Stephen Hawking | This article by John Lennox responds to Stephen Hawking’s famous opposition to the concept of an intelligent higher power involved in the creation and process of the universe. 

Going Deeper

Making Sense of Genesis 1 | This article by Rikki Watts helps you learn the difficulty of truly understanding a text for its original meaning, and not a face-value interpretation of the translated words. 
Science and the God Question | John Lennox. God is an agent explanation, not an explanation of function. Those two types of explanations don’t threaten one another. For a car, you have the explanation of both a creator: Ford, and a functional system: internal combustion. (1:20)

Further Study

God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God | John Lennox Lennox confronts the assumption that science and faith are and always have been at odds. Each chapter walks through a different type of science and confronts the evidence for, or lack thereof, a Creator. It’s lengthy and dense but a wonderful resource that illuminates the beauty and intricacy of the world around us. 
Science and Faith?: Friends or Foes? | C. John Collins first defines faith and science, shows their relation, and explains what claims each has concerning truth. Then he applies the biblical teaching on creation to the topics of "conflict" between faith and science, including the age of the earth, evolution, and miracles. He considers what it means to live in a created world. This book is for anyone looking for a Christian engagement with science without technical jargon.
The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief | Francis Collins was a former atheist who converted to faith as he became a doctor. Collins's faith in God has been confirmed and enhanced by the revolutionary discoveries in biology that he has helped to oversee. In this book, he addresses the beauty inherent in how the world is made, including evolutionary biology -- yet he argues that Darwinian evolution cannot fully explain human nature -- evolution can and must be directed by God. 
Reasons to Believe | This website is dedicated to showing that Science and the Christian Faith are compatible. It’s goal is not to prove one scientific theory or another, but rather to present all the information and show how God can be seen in the science. 

Resources on Evolution

Two useful website databases of science articles and resources, each espousing a different view on Evolution & Creation:
http://biologos.org | This website provides research supporting evolutionary creationism. 
https://answersingenesis.org/science | This website provides research supporting the young earth model & strict creationism.
Sinned in a Literal Adam, Raised in a Literal Christ | In this article, Tim Keller addresses the question: If biological evolution is true and there was no historical Adam and Eve, how can we know where sin and suffering came from? His answer: Belief in evolution can be compatible with a belief in a historical fall and a literal Adam and Eve. There are many unanswered questions around this issue.
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