Colson Center President and Summit faculty member John Stonestreet brings to our attention some interesting new research about the uniqueness of life here on earth. Stonestreet cites a recent paper by researchers at Oxford that highlights how life on other planets may not be nearly as likely as many people think. Why is there so much interest, especially in the scientific community, about whether or not there is intelligent life in other parts of the universe? Could it… Read More →Is Life on Earth Unique?
Some people don’t want to embrace Christianity because they are committed to ideas or lifestyles they don’t want to abandon. They think, If the Bible is true, then I’m in trouble. I don’t want to change my lifestyle or behavior, so instead I’m going to try to ignore what the Bible says. If you meet someone who opposes Christianity, you might ask, “What are you afraid would happen to you if you became a Christian?”… Read More →Shaky Part 3: When Doubts Come From Conflicting Commitments
Science assumes that nature operates in a predictable, stable manner—principles that early scientists believed because they held a Christian worldview.
For Americans, the word of scientists is final. We live our daily lives on the basis of scientific findings, particularly social sciences and psychology. However, the reliability of science in those key fields has suffered in the last few years. Science paper retractions are rising sharply across the board, raising questions about the peer-review system.
The cosmos is all there is, was, or ever will be.” Carl Sagan recited this creed at the outset of each episode of Cosmos, the wildly popular PBS show that debuted in the 1980s. A generation later, Seth MacFarlane, the creator of Family Guy, has revived the show, which is devoted to a reverent, accessible, and almost giddy exploration of the universe.
Although Bill Nye claims that creationism is not a viable model of origins in today’s scientific era, he remained baffled by the origins of consciousness and the cause of the big bang. “It’s a mystery!” he exclaimed. Origins matter. If human beings were created in the image of God, then we are more than mere animals.
It is important to clarify something. Science does nothing. It is scientists who create breakthroughs using the disciplines of observing, repeating, and measuring to figure out more about the universe. Sometimes, though, they also use philosophy.
I’ve always found inspiration in agnostic scientist Robert Jastrow’s statement about the limits of science: “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountain of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.”
Wishing to address the notion that religion and science are like oil and water, Dr. Michael Buratovich of Spring Arbor University takes a look at the history of modern science and how it developed.
Modern American psychology, like the land of ancient Gaul, is divided into three parts. This division of psychology into three types is necessary because each type has its own advantages and failures and each has a different relation to the Christian faith. In addition, each displays its own distinctive facets of the contemporary idolatry of psychology.
Genesis 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Verse 2 adds, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Verses 3 through 30 then tell us how God went about giving form and content to what was once without form and void. Throughout the process, He brought increasing order out of chaos….
It’s the first day of school. As you walk out of Biology class, your friend, Joey, pulls up beside you in the hall and says, “Mr. Matson was really onto that “evolution” and “creation” thing today in class. I don’t see what the big problem is. What does it matter what you think about how life originated?
Joey has a point. What difference does it make what you believe about the origin of life?