This weekend I interviewed Dr. Walter Bradley, co-author of The Mystery of Life’s Origin. We talked about three big questions surrounding Science and Faith that you can listen to or watch on our website: Gatewaychurch.com/podcast. If you want to go deeper into each of these questions, keep reading. I’ve included several additional resources.
Faith and Science in Conflict
Dr. Bradley exposed the myth that scientists cannot have faith because of their science. He showed that the percentage of top-notch scientists with faith is exactly the same as the general population. Not only that, a study done of agnostic/atheistic scientists showed that only 1/10 said science was actually the reason for their lack of faith. The rest had the same hurts, disappointments, or faith struggles as everyone else. Clearly this myth that science precludes faith is just that—a cultural myth.
Read more on Faith and Science: Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion
Evidence from Science for God’s Existence
Dr. Bradley made it clear that you cannot “prove” from science that God does exist, nor can you prove from science that God does not exist. But you can see “fingerprints” on the cosmos that point toward an intelligent creator—lines of evidence much like a detective would use to determine “who done it”. He addressed several lines of evidence from science that are pointing more and more scientists to believe God must exist: the Big Bang, the mathematical form nature takes, the constants of nature all finely tuned for human life to exist, the rare planet earth, and the challenge of origin of life issues. I’ve included books that address each of these issues. I would not agree with all the conclusions of all the books:
Creator and the Cosmos, Dr. Hugh Ross (Astrophysicist Hugh Ross looks at evidence for God).
The Language of God, Dr. Francis Collins (Head of the Human Genome Project discusses science and faith).
Case for a Creator, Strobel (Lee Strobel interviews leading scientists)
The Dawkins Delusion, Dr. Alister McGrath (a Biochemist from Oxford critically critiques Dawkins’ book The God Delusion)
Evolution and Creation
We talked about three views that Christians with a high-view of the Bible can hold: Young-earth Creationism, Old-earth Creationism, and Theistic Evolution. We discussed very briefly how the Hebrew word “Yom” (translated “day”) is used in Genesis 1 and 2 to mean either a 24-hour period of time or a much longer period of time (“In the day God created the heavens and earth” Gen. 2:4), how a day to God is not the same as ours (2 Peter 3:8), and other reasons the Bible does not shoe-horn us into only a literal six-days of Creation. We acknowledged that there’s room for all views in the church as this is not a central tenet of Christian faith. Here are books that address various views.
Three Views on Creation and Evolution (Dr. Bradley and others present various views Christians hold).
Darwin’s Doubt, Dr. Stephen Meyer (Origin of Life specialist discusses the Cambrian Explosion and information in DNA and other challenges for
Life’s Solution-Inevitable Humans, Dr. Conway-Morris (World’s most famous evolutionary paleontologist, and a Christian, discusses the directionality of God’s guidance of evolution).
The Mystery of Life’s Origin, Dr. Walter Bradley (Dr. Bradley gives a technical analysis of the thermodynamic state necessary for the origin of life).