How Science Can Inspire Faith with Daniel Harrell
In this video “Conversation,” Daniel Harrell, Senior Minister of Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota, discusses what often gets in the way of getting Christians to consider evolutionary science.
Part of the problem when people come up against evolution and cosmology and a science that challenges this particular world view is that Christians immediately see it as a challenge to the biblical authority. If I can't read six days as 24 hour periods, then how do I know what anything means?
There's just some education that needs to happen there and I think for many Christians to understand, just by analogy to their own use of language, how a days gets used in various formats. It's very helpful to recognize that oh, OK. There's not just one definition for a particular word. So, I think analogies to common experience can be very helpful.
I think it's also helpful to draw a distinction as has been done here between sort of scientific data and the interpretations of that data. The science itself really has nothing to say about something like Genesis 1 or interpretations of Genesis 1. And the concern or the conversation or the debate or the confrontation, however you want to categorize that, really is between the interpretations of some scientists of that data and concerns that Christians have about those interpretations of that data.
And so, to have the debate if you will at that level, I think, is academically and intellectually fine to do. The problem I think, or where I would say Christians have run into problems, is where we try to take on the data itself and that's just not helpful, I think. Because if indeed the Earth is the handiwork of God, then this is the work of God and to challenge that is just not necessary.