Q&A Friday #54: Science Vs. Christianity

Question: “Love your blog, I read it often. I have a question for you, though. You have mentioned in the fact that you are a Christian and a southern Baptist. If you are indeed a Bible believing Christian, why do make comments such as “Most species that have existed on earth at one point or another have gone extinct, sometimes even after thriving for millions of years. Chances are that eventually, at some point in the future, the same thing will happen to mankind.” That doesn’t even remotely line up with #1. What most Bible scholars believe to be the age of the earth (6-8,000 years, definitely not millions or billions for that matter), and #2. The Bible, in Revelations, is pretty clear about the end times, the rapture, the 1000 year reign, etc., and never once is there anything about us “going extinct” as a species. Help me out with this one, because I’m pretty confused.” — Aaron Braun-Duin

Answer: Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,” — and that’s the approach I take when religion and science seem to diverge. I don’t worry about what appear to be contradictions between my faith and science because I’m of the opinion that when science and Christianity don’t seem to match up, it’s because of our imperfect understanding of one, the other, or both.

So, I just treat them as completely separate issues, go wherever each one leads me, and have confidence that eventually, after further clarification, they’ll both end up in the same spot. To do otherwise and demand that they end up in the same spot right now, with our limited understanding of science and the way that the Lord works would feel like hubris to me.

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