The Disconnect Between Church and Science

planetsA Huffington Post commentary by Greg Cootsona and entitled “Mere Christianity Meets Mainstream Science” discusses the disconnect between faith and science. The most startling statistic that Cootsona mentions is that “52 percent of youth group members will ultimately enter a science-related profession, but only 1 percent of youth groups talk about science once a year.

The need for Christians to rethink science is the subject of my most recent “Baptist Studies Bulletin” column, entitled “The Other Side of the Millennial Equation: The Non-Religious and Science.”

Living in a largely unchurched community anchored by a large science-focused university, I am only too keenly aware that millennials trust science far more than religion, and for valid reasons. Facing the future, if America’s faith communities are unable or unwilling to reimagine doctrine and dogma within the context of scientific truth (and not the other way around), they risk becoming a footnote within a few more generations.

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  1. Facing the future, if America’s faith communities are unable or unwilling to reimagine doctrine and dogma within the context of scientific truth (and not the other way around), they risk becoming a footnote within a few more generations.

    Baloney!

  2. Religion answers the questions “Who?” and “Why?” Science answers the questions “How?” and “When?”

    The ancients communicated revealed truth through parables, myths and legends. Science communicates truth through verifiable data and duplicatable phenomena.

    The scientific method is search and the religious experience is revelation. Both
    arrive at truth because all truth is God’s truth.

    Begin a search for truth wherever you will but at the end of every scientific search lies a great mystery (for example, what preceded or caused the Big Bang?) which can only be solved through faith in revealed truth concerning ultimate reality.

  3. Religion answers the questions “Who?” and “Why?” Science answers the questions “How?” and “When?”

    Religion answers the questions as to who, how and when but not the why of creation since to do that means getting in God’s head, an impossibility.

    Science communicates truth through verifiable data and duplicatable phenomena.

    Science communicates facts and conclusions, not necessarily truth, through verifiable data and duplicated phenomena. This is why the when and how of creation will never be resolved other than “in the beginning, God…”, since they (data) can never be verifiable or duplicated for obvious reasons.

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