Help on the Relationship Between Science and Faith

The relationship–or the lack thereof, according to some–between science and faith is one of the more controversial and widely discussed topics in the current cultural discourse. Can one believe that God exists and has communicated in an inspired word while at the same time holding science in high regard? What would such a view practically look like? Or are science and faith simply mortal enemies? Must we choose one side and effectively dismiss the other?

If you’re someone who would like to explore these questions further, let me point you to one good place to start: Science and Faith: Friends or Foes, by C. John Collins. A professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Collins has background that encompasses both “camps” in question. Prior to completing his seminary education and a subsequent Ph.D. in Hebrew Linguistics, he earned both his undergraduate and masters degrees in electrical engineering at MIT–all of which perhaps gives him a better vantage point than many to explore the relevant issues.

Quoting from the introduction:

I am writing this book for people who do not have specialist training in theology or philosophy. I think, for example, of Christian parents who want to know how their children should study science; of college students thinking about entering the sciences, or challenged in their faith by them; of teachers and those who write books for children. I would also be pleased if any who have doubts about Christianity, because of what spokesmen for science tell them, might read this book and find that believing in Christ is reasonable after all. Finally, I have Christian friends who are scientists, and they mostly feel that their non-Christian colleagues at work think their crazy for their faith, and the people they share their pews with think they’re suspect for their scientific work: I’d like to help them achieve some sense of peace.

Science and Faith is available at The Crossing Bookstore on Sunday mornings.

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