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John Ortberg Sermon: Does Science Disprove Faith?

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March 5, 2014 Tags: Pastoral Voices, Science & Worldviews

Today's entry was written by John Ortberg. Please note the views expressed here are those of the author, not necessarily of The BioLogos Foundation. You can read more about what we believe here.

The universe itself evokes a sense of wonder in us that just won’t go away. But has science proven that the universe has no purpose? Is science the only way to reliably know something? Haven’t science and religion always been at war with each other, offering rival explanations for the way things are? From the Big Bang and Creation to evolution and Genesis...does science disprove God? Furthermore, people of faith who work in the natural sciences often feel a kind of vocational homelessness—folks in their work community are suspicious of their faith and folks in their faith community are suspicious of their work.

We can do better.

Historically, the rise of science required a world view that the world is orderly and will reward rational investigation—which in turn arose from the notion that creation itself is the work of an all-powerful rational God.

Too many people—inside the church as well as outside—lack the best possible information both about what scientists are learning and about what the Biblical writers were actually saying. It turns out that the more we are able to see the Bible through ancient eyes, the more we are able to see science through modern eyes.

At Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, we had a sermon series earlier this year called, “I have a Friend who…” which attempted to confront some of the concerns people have about Christianity. On January 5th of this year, we addressed this topic of the relationship between science and our faith. I’m pleased to share this sermon with the BioLogos community.

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A transcript of the sermon is also available.


John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC). John's teaching centers around how faith in Christ can impact our everyday lives with God. He has written books on spiritual formation including, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, Faith and Doubt, The Me I Want To Be, and most recently, Who is This Man?. John teaches around the world at conferences and churches.


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