Monday, September 28, 2009

Science and Religion

One of the things I've long been interested in is the interplay between science and religion. My perspective has always been that they mutually reinforce one another and that each should be taken very seriously. So a little while ago I subscribed to some science and religion blogs, and I have been shocked at how much time and energy is STILL being place on the creation-evolution debate.

Really?! I thought we had moved past that. To me, it does not make a difference which mechanism God used to create things, even if we cannot scientifically identify him. From an Incarnational perspective, we frequently cannot identify God beyond a shadow of a doubt. But that's not a problem because that's the purpose of faith and not always having all the right answers.

But I think that's where there's so much energy and time put into this debate on both sides: Those invested in creation or evolution get their faiths shaken by the other side. I think they get shaken because both have to be firm in their perspectives intellectually, with iron-clad arguments. We're not sophisticated enough in any field to have iron-clad arguments. Not that we should not seek that, but we also need to have grace for ourselves and for Truth and realize that the search for Truth is a journey.

Faith is found along the way and gives us confidence and a firm foundation when we do not know anything for sure.

1 comment:

  1. I am one who feels, for the most part, and believes that all our interpretations or beliefs both in science and religion are a work in progress that is never entirely understood nor entirely correct.

    Outside the basic message of "LOVE" which is for me the basis of God, Jesus, The Holy Bible and most science, I guess I do not feel those debating science vs God are spending their time as well as they might.

    I do find some value in Mary Baker Eddy's Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures. Though I am not a Christian Scientist, like most books, it has good intention and wisdom as we reach for understanding His fullest of message.

    Similarly, I love Richard Bach's
    Illusions The Adventures of a Reluctant Mesiah.

    All good and thanks for your good post!

    J-M Toronto Canada



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