Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Astronomers Mixing Science with Faith

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Astronomers Mixing Science with Faith

Article excerpt

Hugh Ross sees God through a telescope.

The astronomer-turned-evangelical theologian said it was his astrophysics research that convinced him God exists.

"There are scientific fingerprints of God in the universe," Ross said recently.

Ross said the Bible's Book of Genesis was not just spiritual poetry but a literal, scientifically correct description of the evolutionary theory of how the universe was formed.

Although the creation vs. evolution battle has raged for decades, the new twist is that many evangelicals, who in the past have held the more fundamental creationist viewpoint, are now embracing an interpretation that includes science as well as theology.

But some critics contend that the evangelicals are merely couching old-time religion in scientific terms to get it into classrooms unopposed.

Historically, the creation vs. evolution arguments have been split between two extremes. The "young Earth" viewpoint says that the universe was created in six days, that the Earth is about 14,000 years old and that man was created in God's image. …

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