10 – 12 February 2012 — Evolution Weekend

I’ve never really been a supporter of this – and I’m not a pastor to make these decision – but maybe there is a way that Church could participate in a Graceful way.

Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. An ongoing goal has been to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic, and to show that religion and science are not adversaries. Rather, they look at the natural world from quite different perspectives and ask, and answer, different questions.

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Indeed, the world’s various faith traditions routinely find themselves in harmony with the tenets of modern science, including evolution. Many participants in Evolution Weekend 2012 have opted to discuss the ways in which these various faith traditions have similarly embraced evolution. One important facet of Evolution Weekend 2012, therefore, is to explore how science in general and evolution in particular can help draw diverse religions together. Finding a shared purpose while respecting difference will help promote broader understanding among religions.

The Clergy Letter Project.

Who knows…

But, what about discussing ways in which the Adam narrative may be¬†Scripturally¬†interpreted that is different from the usual “plain sense” reading? You know, discuss what Creation and Covenant actually means in Scripture by looking into context of Scripture… And putting to rest the flat-out lie that Scripture and Science cannot co-exist.

Thoughts?

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One Reply to “10 – 12 February 2012 — Evolution Weekend”

  1. I think we should take care when it is said about science and religion, that “they look at the natural world from quite different perspectives and ask, and answer, different questions. This expression might imply a mere ‘peaceful coexistence’ between two groups who each decide to take one of the perspectives all of the time. It is not clearly enough stated that one and the same person must be equipped to be scientific vis-a-vis the world’s material realities and religious vis-a-vis its spiritual realities.

    We need religious minds that are able to be cutting-edge scientists and we need scientific minds who do not simply bag all of their higher life as an illusion. This doesn’t mean the believer must buy into all of the hypotheses of science (especially those which ‘bag’ our higher life as an illusion). But we should be unafraid of theories that are borne out by facts.

    For example, some current biology texts which on page one feature as ‘scientific’ the unproven and untestable hypothesis of abiogenesis from star dust are unscientific – they commit the fallacy of post hoc – ergo hoc. Abiogenesis is not in the least in line with scientific method (which requires experimental result) nor theories of Natural Selection (which are meaningless without DNA). That’s where I draw the line anyway.

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