Does Science Have Room For Miracles?


If we accept a scientific view of the world in which fixed physical laws hold true, how can we believe in miracles? After all, miracles are a suspension or interruption of these laws by God. For example, is there a scientific way to explain the parting of the Red Sea? If so, does it cease to be a miracle?

Francis engages the question in an interview with Dr. Robert Lawrence Kuhn of Closer to Truth. He cautions against overuse of the word "miracle." For example, while beautiful and perhaps inspiring, the blooming of a flower is not miraculous, as a scientist can explain the precise genes and chemicals that cause the flower to bloom. However, Francis reminds us that while the prior of a true miracle—in which the physical laws really are suspended—is very, very low, it is not zero.

Ultimately, Francis asks three questions. "Do you believe in God?" "Do you believe in a God who is at least in part outside of nature?" "Do you believe in a God who is still active in modern times?" If the answers are yes, miracles are only a short jump away.

A long- and short-version of the interview can be found above. For more on BioLogos and miracles, be sure to read the common question on the subject.

Os Guinness, Author and Social Critic

A wise, constructive rapprochement between faith and science is one of the world’s urgent needs, and this need will only intensify as the global era raises a host of new ethical issues. Few people have the expertise, wisdom, and prestige to make such a contribution. I welcome BioLogos warmly.

- Os Guinness, Author and Social Critic
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