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Faith and Science

Icebreaker:

Why do you think many Christians feel threatened by science?

Discussion:

Observation #1: Any supposed conflict between faith and science stems from either a misreading of the Bible or incomplete science.

  1. Give an example of how science and the Bible have seemed to be at odds, but upon further examination, one or the other was misinterpreted.
  2. Read Genesis 1:11-24. The phrase ‘each according to its own kind’ is repeated over and over again. How might this speak to the theory of evolution (that a species can evolve to another different species)?

Observation #2: Science itself taps into a sense of mystery and wonder – it reveals that our universe has been fine-tuned to support life.

  1. Discuss the following quote coined by Astrophysicist Dr. Brandon Carter: ‘The more we learn from science, the more we find out that the universe in general, and the earth in particular is a remarkably special place, because so many things that would have to be exactly right in order for life to arise are exactly right. So many laws, contingencies in biology and physics that would have to be fine-tuned precisely are fine-tuned precisely.’
  2. Discuss the following quote coined by Astronomer Fred Hoyle (the Cambridge scientist who coined the phrase ‘The Big Bang’): ‘The probability of life originating on earth is no greater than the chance that a hurricane sweeping through a scrap-yard would have the luck to assemble a Boeing 747.’
  3. Read Psalm 19:1-2. How does this speak to the issue of faith and science?

Observation #3: The deepest questions of life cannot be answered by the scientific method.

  1. Science can only tell us how things work, not where things came from in the first place. It cannot answer the larger questions of life: ‘Why are we here? What is our purpose? How should we live?’ Read Hebrews 11:1-3. What stands out to you in this passage?
  2. Read Ecclesiastes 3:11. What does “God has set eternity in the heart of men” mean? How does the fact that we all have a hunger for meaning in life point to something deeper?
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