Friday, January 02, 2009
Does a belief in evolution demand atheism?
Many believe the same as Richard Dawkins, a prominent evolutionist who is quoted as saying, "Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence..."
On the other extreme certain religious groups attack science as dangerous and point to a literal interpretation of sacred texts believing that science is responsible for the disintegration in society.
This leaves many people rejecting both the trustworthiness of science and the value of religion, or are conflicted in their thinking not knowing what to think holding that science and faith should operate separately.
Can there be harmony between science and spiritual world views? Personally I have never had a conflict in my mind between belief in God and science, to me science just proves God.
This Christmas my eldest son gave me a book called 'The Language of God' written by Dr. Francis S. Collins one of the world's leading scientists. The book refutes the stereotypes of hostility between science and religion and challenges the reader to find a unity of knowledge that encompasses both faith and reason.
Dr. Francis Collins is head of the Human Gnome Project working at the cutting edge of DNA research, the code of life, yet he is a man of unshakable faith in God and Scripture. In the book he makes a case for God and for science arguing that physics, chemistry and biology can all fit together with belief in God and the Bible.
As I read through this book I will try to share insights I learn. It is not a light and easy read so it may take some time.
Labels: Intelligent Design