Science and faith have been at odds with each other in the United States since before the Scopes Trial. Rather, should I say that people of science and people of faith have been at odds. I don’t believe there should be (or is) any real tension between science and faith.
Issues arise in the way people integrate or separate the two areas of discipline. The issues arise in the assumptions and presumptions people make about science and faith and how people interact (or don’t interact) with them.
The subject of creation among people of faith has also been fraught with much tension in the last 10-20 years (at least). People separate into young earth and old earth camps. People separate into groups informed by creationism, evolutionary theory or a third way defined as “intelligent design”.
Many people just don’t know where to fall on the spectrum of possibilities. Not many of us are so well-informed on the science and expert in our biblical exegesis that we can sort it out confidently for ourselves. We might wonder to God, “Is this going to be on the test?”
Of course, there is no test to get into heaven. Jesus took the test and passed it for all of us. The only test to get into heaven is what we did with Jesus. Did we embrace the gift of salvation that God offered us in Christ? Or did we reject it?
Still, the tension over how we should view creation, evolution, science and faith is real. It can cause quite a bit of consternation and doubt.
In a recent presentation that Krista Bontrager gave to a group of people with which I am affiliated, she reminded us of the call to unity in faith: “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.” I think she is exactly right that we should be mindful of these things.
More practical and helpful than that, though, she introduced to us ten (10) foundational points on the subject of creation on which all Christians should be able to agree. By focusing on the points of agreement, we can put our differences into better (more manageable) perspective.
Following are the ten (10) fundamental beliefs that unite Christians on the subject of creation:Continue reading “10 Fundamental Truths about Creation on which Christians Can Agree”