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.

N.T. Wright, Former Bishop of Durham

Christians and secularists alike are in danger of treating 'Darwin vs the Bible' as just another battlefront in the polarized 'culture wars'. This grossly misrepresents both science and faith. BioLogos not only shows that there is an alternative, but actually models it. God's world and God's word go together in a rich, living harmony.

- N.T. Wright, Former Bishop of Durham
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