So last week you encountered a dreary, overwhelmed pastor saddened that he had reached his limit of "science and faith go together because all truth is God’s truth." I am frustrated that so much scientific evidence points toward a gentle geological change that results in snail fossils on mountaintops rather than worldwide flood lifting the shells. However, you also heard my evaluation that Dr. Andrew Snelling’s geological case for a worldwide flood, while rejected by many in the scientific community, seems plausible to this non-scientific guy. I’m saddened with the increasing portion of the Christian community who accepts Genesis 1-11 as largely myth due to scientific discoveries. I can accept an old earth, but I struggle deeply with Adam, Eve, and Noah as archetypes rather than historical figures. I realize that some Christians see it differently and hold to the same high view of scripture (see biologos.org). I’ve always tended to accept a simple interpretation of scripture. That’s growing more difficult with the growing complexities of scientific discovery.
One listener, sensing my frustration, mentioned that I forgot the fourth option when science and faith don’t seemingly align. “Wait for science to change its view again.” That helped me. Scientific theory is a moving target.
Sunday’s message is largely a testimony of a man who came to Christ through science. Some say that science trumps Christian faith. Sunday we learn that science can steer one toward the Creator.
Next week we’ll explore the Jonah story. Is a fish swallowing a man incompatible with science?
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