Navigating the Tension Between Faith and Science

Parent Cue | 9/18/2019 | Stuart Hall
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Kellee and I have three young adult children, all of whom attend(ed) what most would consider academically elite universities that place a high value on open mindedness and push the edges of our commonly held belief systems. As a result, Grant, Chandler, and Cameron ask really, really hard and really, really great questions about their Creator and the world we live in. And sometimes those questions push against mine and Kelle’s own commonly held maxims.

The more we have navigated the volatile, treacherous “parenting teenagers and young adults” seas, the more we’ve been tempted—like so many parents—to try to maintain a consistent story instead of making room for hard questions. We tend to make our decisions to accept or reject information based on whether it fits our existing narrative, because let’s be honest, revisiting the way we have always thought is hard.

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But the truth is, science seems unafraid to answer hard questions. And those of us who believe in God tend to have a habit of avoiding them, or behaving as though God is incapable of answering any difficult questions. Even more, we think we have so much to say that we forget to listen. The result is, a finger-painted picture of a painfully weak God.

The fact of the matter is, God is not afraid of our questions, nor threatened by them. Why? Because He hasn’t picked a fight with science. We have, on his behalf. We’ve created two sides to pick from and left no room for them to coexist together.

But what if they could?

Consider the scientific reality that, no matter how we section physical concrete reality, we end up with a quantity that cannot explain its own existence—how it got there or where it came from. And if all material quantities cannot explain their own existence, the only possibility...
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