Science is fascinating, and it feels like it’s moving at an unprecedented pace. I think if we listen closely to news coverage and even our own conversations, there is a tension, “Does science disprove God?” At least I’ve felt it a good bit in my own life.
John Lennox discusses that in this short lecture.
This quote is a spoiler for his lecture, but it’s pretty powerful.
“Serious thinkers continue to ask us to choose between God and science. That’s like asking people to choose between Henry Ford and engineering for the creation of the motor car.”
When I was feeling overwhelmed with a research project I was helping with, I remember marveling at how God could know the entire order of the world and yet require meticulous steps for us to understand it. I pouted with God for a while on how pointless it all felt, then concluded there must be something about the process of the actual research that made each person doing it learn something unique about God. Perhaps discussion on Connect are like that, too. In the practice of responding and researching, we can learn about the nature of God even as we work to understand His wisdom.
So, to get us started, I thought of these questions. However, I’d love to hear other directions that stood out. As we “practice” responding to one another here, we can prepare for real-life conversations outside of Connect.
- Are there times when you have been confronted on the rationality of Christianity in light of modern science? What was the nature of the conversation?
- Lennox has the premise that because the universe is rational, it must have been made by a rational being. Are there recent scientific discoveries that come to mind either supporting or contrasting this?
- Modern science often works to relieve pain. Why may John Lennox have discussed God’s willingness to take on suffering as evidence of His existence?