I knew these things to be true. That God would never give me more than I could bear. That I am being put through (hell)fire so that I can emerge a sharper tool for His marvelous purposes. That Satan has no power or stake over my body, my words, or our relationship. That God understands me more so than myself, from even before my physical body was formed. And that praising Him for a thousand years would never do justice to His worthiness.
Hello and thanks so much for joining me today as we talk about essentially the crux of the science and religion debate. If the God of Creation is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent, then why is there evil in the world?This week we will be reading Ayala's Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion, Job 3-14; 32-42.6 (RSV), and Ferngren’s Science … Continue reading Science & The Bible: Evolution and the Problem of Evil
So here it comes, the greatly anticipated reading of Darwin's Origin of Species! (Last week we started with Natural Theology) Focus the reading (On the Origin of Species) on Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 10 and 14. Take some time in your write-up to explain the theory of evolution by natural selection. What is it intended to … Continue reading Science & The Bible: Evolution by Natural Selection
Hello! Last week we focused on The Bible and The Enlightenment, where we learned about the Documentary Hypothesis vs. Mosaic authorship in the Pentateuch, and the challenging (especially that of Spinoza) of biblical authority by stating contradictions and reiterations in the bible. This week, we will be turning our scope to the natural world, viewing the "proofs … Continue reading Science & The Bible: Natural Theology
Hello and thanks for reading! My name is Gloria Sun and I am a student at Wellesley College. The seminar I'm taking this semester is called "Science and the Bible" and I am excited to be sharing my thoughts on this week's topic with you. As a Christian and an intended STEM major, these topics … Continue reading Science & The Bible: The Bible and The Enlightenment
Hello, and happy weekend! Last week we talked about Science & The Bible: Transhumanists, Bioconservatives, and the Role of the Bible, but why is there so much mistrust between the scientific and religious communities? To answer this, we look back at a particular era in history, which eventually led to the trial and condemnation of the … Continue reading Science & The Bible: The Galileo Controversy (S+R in Conflict)
Hello there! If you've been following along with my previous post in this category, you would have read about NOMA and the argument against "new atheism". This week we will be discussing the role of technology in human progress - whether we can preserve the concept of dignity, and how the bible factors into the debate … Continue reading Science & The Bible: Transhumanists, Bioconservatives, and the Role of the Bible
Hello everyone! I'm a first-year at Wellesley College, a liberal arts college in a small town near Boston, and I will be keeping a commentary on the material that we are going through in my seminar class. The course is titled "Science and the Bible", and it is taught by Professor Ed Silver from the religion … Continue reading Science & The Bible: NOMA vs. The New Atheism
The idea behind a shift of paradigm is that the growth of knowledge in any given field is not linear, but rather progresses in leaps. We often see this in learning plateaus as well - sometimes a student may feel that no matter how much effort they put into a subject, they are seeing very little improvement. But after a certain epiphany, the pieces connect, and they understand the subject matter in a clearer way. We also see this in conspiracy theories and mind-bending ideas (think: The Matrix, Inception, The Pixar Theory). For example, did you know that Neil Armstrong (Neil A.), the first man to land on the moon, backwards, is Alien? But most of all, we perceive the world in new ways when we go through periods of personal growth and by experiencing the world ourselves.