Does Science Disprove Faith?

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In this sermon Pastor John Ortberg asks, “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?

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.

Greg Cootsona, Lecturer in Religious Studies and Humanities at California State University at Chico

BioLogos represents a leading voice for integrating "mere Christianity" with mainstream science. Having taught science and faith in congregational and academic settings over the past two decades, I continually look to BioLogos for the most effective ways to engage a biblically-informed, Christ-centered faith with the rigors and discoveries of science, all as a way of appreciating this beautiful creation and an even more glorious Creator.

- Greg Cootsona, Lecturer in Religious Studies and Humanities at California State University at Chico
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