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Church and Scientific Discourse with Os Guinness

Church and Scientific Discourse
Conversation with: Os Guinness

In this video conversation, Os Guinness addresses the question of why it is essential for Christians to engage in scientific discourse. He points out that science is “at the very heart of the modernizing world” and as such, it is all around us.

To discuss this video, see the post "Why Must the Church Engage in Scientific Discourse?" on our blog Science & the Sacred.

Video Transcription

Because science is at the very heart of the modernizing world. Of course, the irony is that in the Scripture science is a matter of worship and praise, not controversy and argument. I'm from Oxford. You pass every day the place where you had the birthplace of modern science for the Royal Society. But Christian faith, or you might put it ethical monotheism, is the matrix without which there would have been no modern science.

It's ridiculous that Christians, either with the Biblical view or a historical understanding, are afraid of science. This is very particularly an American problem, and I hope within the next generation we'll overcome it because the present moment is one in which we're pushed right back to square one. Whether it's the American first principles or Christian first principles, only the real thing will do.

Many of the Christian movements that have grown up in the 19th century, we've got to see these are movements from the 19th century. They are not Biblical, not Christian, and it's time to say no to them and move on to a very constructive Christian position. We need to have no fear. The most common refrain in Scripture, from beginning to end, "Have no fear." Yet not only the science issue, but many political issues, are just driven by fear, and that's sub-Christian.