Science and Religion


Science and Religion

Science and Religion: Can these two exist peaceably side by side?

Yesterday I continued a rolling chat with a friend from work. Never wanting to skim the surface he always seeks to discuss topics of importance, the deep things of life. As payment he listens to my relentless campaign to position Christ as the Saviour of the World. He is not passive in our debates. He fights back with his own brand of religion, Atheism (I know I’m going to get flamed for that one). Sometimes we’re philosophical, sometimes we’re ethereal and sometimes it’s a cat fight, but it’s always interesting.

So we were discussing children and religion. The big point for the day was his belief that children shouldn’t be taught about God until they have the ability to choose whether or not they believe in “all this religion stuff” for themselves. It seems that this idea is being given serious weight in Europe and not just by the mega evangelist Richard Dawkins either (another comment, another flame).

So this morning my daughter Kathryn comes through to the bathroom. She’s three and knows everything. She has been having teaching time every day with her mom since her sister started school last week.

I’m a keenly enthusiastic parent, like everyone else, so I asked, “Kathryn, what did you learn in teaching time yesterday?”

“About angels,” was the response.

Now I’ve got this conversation I had had the day before floating around in my otherwise empty head and now I’m curious, so I pressed, “Angels?”

“Angels daddy.”

“Um, what about angels did mommy teach you honey?” I asked.

She joined her hands together in a shape in front of her and said, “Triangels daddy. Triangels.”

Who says science and religion can’t live side by side?

If you enjoy Wikipedia go and check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Christian_thinkers_in_science.

On the subject of children and religion Proverbs 22 verse 6 says:

6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Want to hear the verse in context? Proverbs 22 – 24
What is this about?

I have still got a bit more training to do.

How well do you hold the tension between science and religion?

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7 thoughts on “Science and Religion

    • Hi morsec0de,

      Sorry to only get back to you today, but I didn’t realise I could reply to posts. I’m still getting used to this whole blogging thing.

      I might not have articulated myself as I intended to in my post, but thanks for the comment anyway.

      Regards,

      Mark

    • Thanks Dave,

      It’s quite different this whole blogging thing. I like the medium.

      I’ll post something you can disagree with soon to get the conversation going ;).

      In Christ,

      Mark

  1. Just finished reading Dr Louw Alberts book : Geloof vs Wetenskap….what a read!!!! 1996 print. God is so true…

    Came across your website when I googled Dr Louw Albert

    Keep up the good work

    Cheers
    Braam

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