Academic journal article Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Surveying the Relationship between Views of Scripture and Attitudes toward Science

Academic journal article Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Surveying the Relationship between Views of Scripture and Attitudes toward Science

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Particularly of late, the relationship between science and religion has often led to heated discussions, inflexible belief systems, and strong accusations. The public is given a perspective of conflict between these two disciplines, which often leaves only two options: to support science or to support religion. Media portrayals of science educators such as Bill Nye, and of Christian fundamentalists such as Ken Ham, heighten interest in this topic as well as underlining the concerns of each discipline regarding the other. (1)

Bill Nye (2) and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss (3) question whether religious education is at odds with science education since religiosity might lead to an antiscience mentality. They argued that the United States needs more scientists and engineers in this era of globalization, and that religiosity is a stumbling block to science education.

On the other hand, there are Christian apologists who argue that Christianity is compatible with science and that Christian theology can actually inform science in some cases. (4) However, very often the concepts in this type of debate are conflated or not specific enough. …

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