Does Science Make Faith Obsolete?

At this special lecture event, Dr. James M. Tour talks about the ways in which science and faith collide.

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    • dougckaty
    • over 1 year ago

    I was certainly edified by Dr. Tour’s presentation. It helped me realize more fully the range of issues involved in trying to understand the origin of life, and the wide gap separating human capabilities from those of our nearest relatives on the evolutionary tree. However, the number of times phrases including “they”, “they don’t know”, “they can’t describe a mechanism” I found to be unhelpful. In the manner of advancing knowledge I have certainly found, and am still finding, that the more I know, or think I know, the more amazing and remarkable I find almost any element in our universe to be. However, I also noted the very common “God of the Gaps” explanation being called out, perhaps only indirectly. I’m beginning to be more comfortable describing my basic outlook as agnostic, in the sense of my recognition of our (collectively, as humans) inability to know everything there is to know about reality, and therefore, the forced recognition of mystery. A critical question is "what do we do in the presence of mystery". As soon as a verse of scripture is quoted in a talk such as this it seems to me that a major leap is being attempted to equate that “God of the Gaps” with a set of concepts developed by cultures existing 1700 to 4000 years before the advent of the scientific method (at least the western version). To base an understanding, for example, of the range of possibilities for the characteristics of ultimate source / creator / reason for the existence of the universe on the characteristics and behavior of bronze and iron-age middle-eastern potentates / war lords / shaman is just not credible. So I’m tempted to ask the question “where’s the mechanism by which a putative supernatural creator could operate through a human being to produce a document that deserves such descriptions as a) ‘word of God’, b) “Being wholly and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God’s acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God’s saving grace in individual lives.” (1978 Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy).
    I apologize to Biola University for posting a comment of this nature on its website, but this is where I found this lecture.

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