Are the Bible and Science at Odds?

ChurchLeaders | 2/22/2019 | Staff
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Can Science and the Genesis Creation Story Co-Exist?

Genesis 1—the creation story—inspires some of the most heated, sensitive and yet important controversies within the church today. How we personally view Genesis 1 does impact how we, individually, view the rest of Scripture, science and the nature of the gospel itself.

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Many young Christians, in fact, indicate that the supposed conflict between Christianity and science is one of the main reasons they have chosen to leave the church. That’s terrible news, right?

While the church finds itself unable to reach a universal consensus on how to interpret Genesis 1, Christians must keep in mind that God reveals Himself in both Scripture and nature. Where we find apparent contradictions between the two, we must go back and re-evaluate our science and/or our interpretation of Scripture.

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Writes R.C. Sproul, “There are two spheres of revelation; the Bible (special revelation) and nature (general revelation). In the latter, God manifests Himself through the created order. What God reveals in nature can never contradict what He reveals in Scripture, and what He reveals in Scripture can never contradict what he reveals in nature. He is the author of both forms of revelation, and God does not contradict himself.”

In this post, let’s look at various church interpretations of the Genesis 1 creation story, which highlight only topically the ongoing, raging debate over whether the inerrancy of the Bible demands a literal adherence to the text. Or can Christians embrace both God and modern science, without judgement from those who disagree?

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Genesis was written in Hebrew, and a responsible interpretation requires a good understanding of the Hebrew text. The use of commentaries that shed light on the nuances of the Hebrew text—for example the meaning of words, genre, verb tenses, literary devices and the culture of the day—can be of considerable help in...
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