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Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Truth about the Tension between Science and the Bible

There is none.
What is the tension between science and the Bible?
The Bible directs scientific inquiry and scientific method has its root in theological method.  As a starting place on this take a look at Psalm 19.  Verses 1 – 6 suggest that the study of the heavens reveals the work of God, tacitly encouraging this line of study.  Verses 7 – 14 follow telling us that the study of the Word of God also reveals the handiwork of God.  Both lines of inquiry lead to the same place a better understanding of who God is and what He has done.

Tension occurs when scientific method is not followed.  Specifically when inquiry starts with refusal both acknowledge and hold one’s presuppositions tentatively.  Proper application of both theological and scientific method requires the acknowledgement and testing of one’s prejudice.  The only tension between the science and the Bible occurs when that base tenet is ignored.

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