Foundations for Science / Faith Relationship DiscussionsAny religion or worldview that claims to be true implies that it can accurately explain the findings of science. Some worldviews disregard the findings of science, and others are based exclusively (supposedly) on them. These posts set the stage for the proper interaction between science and faith:
- What is Faith?
- Is Faith Emotional or Logical?
- Can Religion Be Tested For Truth?
- Is Theism Well-Defined Enough To Be Scientifically Testable?
- Are Nature and Scripture Compatible?
- Consistency Among Disciplines
- Is Your View Falsifiable?
- The Scientific Method, Proof and Skepticism
- Filling In The Gaps
"Distortion and suppression of the truth is encouraged by a prevailing attitude of scientism, not science itself but rather a certain attitude of veneration toward science as the exclusive means of obtaining truth"- Angus Menuge (Agents Under Fire)
Foundations for Christianity / Science Relationship Discussions
Many debates about how scripture and science interact and the correct results of those interactions are taking place. The common debates that come to mind involve the age of the universe and earth and whether God used natural processes in his creative acts described in Genesis. Others involve the historicity of Adam and Eve and Noah's flood. These posts provide a foundation for how Christians are to look at these issues and interact with one another regarding them:
- Zombies of Christianity
- Internal Debates and Apologetics
- NEW Presuppositions, Circumstantial Evidence, and Free Will
- Man's Fallible Ideas vs. God's Infallible Word
- Internal Debates and Twisting Scripture
- Your Challenge Does Not Apply- The Strawman
- Providing Alternative Explanations
- When A Strawman Becomes A Red Herring
- Reasons In and Out of a Worldview
- Compromising The Kingdom
- Unrecognized Agreement and Unity
"We want to have our ideas tested. We are persuaded that our positions today are going to need adjustment as we gain more understanding...we need some diversity; we need open dialog. What I'm concerned about is that we have so much hostility in this dialog and that needs to be replaced with a more humble spirit where we say, 'Chances are we are both wrong in part, at least, and we may discover that we need to develop something new that none of us have thought of.' How are we going to discover that if we don't have open dialog without the threat of hostility?- where we say, 'we're making progress together. We're allies; we're not enemies. We're allies working together toward the common goal'." -Hugh Ross (Life and Death in Eden)
Defending Old-Earth CreationismMy position is that God created the universe out of nothing and used both fiat miracles and natural processes to form the universe and bring the earth to the finely tuned state for humanity's existence and flourishing (to fulfill the Great Commission). I defend Adam and Eve as historical individuals created separate from other creatures, thus they were not the product of evolution and were not merely a "representative pair." I hold to the historicity of a universal flood that wiped out all of humanity (save Noah and his family) but was geographically localized. I believe that all these positions are compatible with a literal and historical reading of the Genesis accounts. They are compatible with orthodox Christian theism, but are not necessarily explicitly taught in scripture (as opposed to others who like to insist that their view IS explicitly taught). Here are the posts:
- NEW How Do We Respectfully Disagree While Being Committed to Truth?
- Does Old-Earth Creationism Compromise Scripture?
- Creation and the Scientific Method
- Observational Science vs. Historical Science?
- Historical Science, Deception, and Blind Faith
- Philosophy of Science, Circumstantial Evidence, and Creation
- Where the Strawman Resides
- A Very Good Creation That Undermines Christianity
- Cartoons, Animal Death, and Theology
- Is Animal Death Really Evil?
- Dragons, Dinosaurs, and Design
"I don't believe that science can correct scripture because I believe in the inerrancy of scripture. I don't believe there are any errors or holes in scripture. I do believe this: that sometimes science can come along and show us that we've been reading the text possibly the wrong way."- Kenneth Samples (The Whats and Whys of Common Grace)
Book ReviewsI have also reviewed several books that look at the latest scientific evidence and shows how it is either compatible with or can only be explained within the context of the Christian worldview.
Here are my top recommended books for Christians:
- Origin Science- Norman Geisler and J. Kirby Anderson
- The Bible Among The Myths- John N. Oswalt
- Peril in Paradise- Mark Whorton
- Navigating Genesis- Hugh Ross
- A Matter of Days (2nd Ed.)- Hugh Ross
Here are my top recommended books for skeptics:
- Where The Conflict Really Lies- Alvin Plantinga
- More Than A Theory- Hugh Ross
- Truth Matters- Tom Gender
- Origins of Life- Hugh Ross and Fazale Rana
- The Programming of Life- Donald E. Johnson
- Agents Under Fire- Angus Menuge
- Creating Life In The Lab- Fazale Rana