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.

Stephen Freeland, Astrobiologist and the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at UMBC

As a Christian and an evolutionary biologist, I support with enthusiasm the work of BioLogos as part of my personal commitment to nurture dialog (dia-Logos!) between science and the Christian faith. I identify most strongly with the organization’s eleventh article of belief (“What we believe”): We believe that conversations among Christians about controversial issues of science and faith can and must be conducted with humility, grace, honesty, and compassion as a visible sign of the Spirit’s presence in Christ’s body, the Church.

- Stephen Freeland, Astrobiologist and the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at UMBC