In this class, a biologist and a theologian discussed the intersection between science and faith in a mutual interview where each sought to understand the other’s world and how it contributed to their own understanding.

Some questions in the class included:

  • Is the Big Bang incompatible with Genesis' understanding of the creation of the world?
  • Is macro-evolution incompatible with Genesis’ creation of Adam and Eve?
  • Is the earth less than 10,000 years old or is it more like 4.5 billion years old?
  • Is global warming real and does this signal the end of the world Peter spoke of?
  • Could the flood story really happen? With all the animals and with all the water?
  • Do miracles really happen or is this just pre-scientific misunderstandings?
  • Could Nebuchadnezzar really grow feathers and claws?
  • Did the Israelites really destroy all the cities in Canaan when archaeology insists they did not?
  • Is homosexuality learned or innate?
  • At what time does a human become alive and what does this say about Psalm 139?
  • How does mapping the human genome contribute to our understanding of the Bible?
  • What does the Bible say about Cloning?

Summary/Conclusion

We at Poolesville Baptist Church do not fear science. We are not concerned that all scientists are trying to denigrate faith. In fact, we encourage Christians to be involved in scientific fields and to continue to dialogue with the Bible. We are convinced that both nature and the Bible are completely accurate and we must ever be challenging our own views about both.

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Panel Participants:

 

Bryan Butman holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI).  He has worked in the field of biotechnology for more than 30 years, developing diagnostic, therapeutic and vaccine products for human and animal health.  He has published in the fields of oncology, infectious disease, cardiovascular disease, food safety, gene therapy and bioprocessing. 

 
 
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Jace Broadhurst holds a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary and a PhD in Biblical Studies from Westminster. He has worked as a professor in the States and overseas as well as served in pastoral roles for a few different churches. He has published in the area of biblical hermeneutics, historiography and Protestant Orthodoxy. He is currently a senior pastor in Maryland.