My takeaway from hundreds of conversations with thoughtful Christians in the sciences—some direct and others enjoyed secondhand through lectures, podcasts, articles and the like—is that they want to hold the following tension, delicately. They want to trust the regularity of natural processes without limiting God’s ability to act.
The folks sitting in our pews believe in miracles—some even see them everywhere all the time. These same folks are afraid of any science that they feel threatens their belief in God’s ability to perform miracles.
For many of the folks outside our churches, and even some of the science-y types in our churches, miracles are an honest hindrance to faith. They are seen to be violations of the demonstrated rules that guide all natural processes.
What are we to do?
This collection of essays from BioLogos offers insight into what it might mean for God to act in a world that is seemingly governed by natural laws. The five essays come from a breadth of theological and disciplinary perspectives.
We were given a question from the audience: In the scientific world, it makes no sense to believe in a resurrection. You cannot accept science and believe in the resurrection, which is the center of your faith as a Christian. What do you say to that? I (Greg) have my answers, but I’d love to hear your answer as a scientist. Do you believe, and can you, believe in the resurrection of Christ?
Do you have participants in your ministry that are struggling with prayer? Unanswered prayers often lead to doubt that, in a world so-well described by science, perhaps God is powerless to respond. Scientist turned theologian David Wilkinson takes on these challenges directly.
S. Joshua Swamidass, an associate professor in the Laboratory and Genomic Medicine Division at Washington University in St Louis, shares some of the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Theologian N.T. Wright discusses what it means...
Are prayer and science in opposition to one another when it comes to healing? It turns out the conversation on this topic has been going on for a long time.
Can a scientist believe in resurrection? Can a thinking person really accept one of the most outrageous claims in Christianity? We think so. So how do scientists who are Christians understand the resurrection?
What if science—indeed, the very physics we’ve been slogging through—is actually the locus of God’s action?