Evangelicals Navigating Science
Prominent Evangelical Christians are working together to reconcile apparent differences between science and religion. A recent workshop of such Christians in which I participated agreed to the following statement:
Many voices in our current culture assert that there are irreconcilable conflicts between science and faith in Christ. We, the undersigned Christian pastors, theologians, scientists, and other scholars, respectfully disagree. We have learned much from each other during these days of communal prayer, presentation, discussion, and worship, but we also recognize that we have much more to learn and many others from whom to learn. We affirm that the truths of Scripture and the truths of nature both have their origins in God, and that further exploration of all these truths can enrich our joyful and worshipful appreciation of the Creator’s love, goodness, and grace. We commit to exploring these important issues further.
I joined 46 others who attended a November 2009 workshop in NYC in signing this statement.
The Biologos foundation deserves credit for bringing this group together. The principal leaders are Karl Giberson, Darrel Falk, Syman Stevens, and Francis Collins. The foundation promotes the search for truth in both the natural and spiritual realms and seeks harmony between these different perspectives.
I am encouraged by the possibilities that lay before this group. I hope we can break new ground exploring scientific issues such as Big Bang theory, evolution, stem-cell research, and health care issues. I also hope we will explore relevant theological issues, such as how God acts in the world, creation/redemption, miracles, biblical interpretation, and the central issues of Christian love.
Perhaps this group will discover new ways to unite “the two so long disjoined: knowledge and vital piety” (Charles Wesley).