Science and the new Presbyterian Catechism

Schooler, Ronald J. (
Tue, 12 Jan 1999 13:39:20 +0000

The following is today's section of the new catechism for the
Presbyterian Church (USA): Is it naive?

The Study Catechism

Tuesday, 12 January 1999

Question 27. Does your confession of God as Creator contradict the
findings of modern science?

No. My confession of God as Creator answers three questions: Who?,
How? and Why? It affirms that (a) the triune God, who is
self-sufficient, (b) called the world into being out of nothing by the
creative power of God's Word (c) for the sake of sharing love and
freedom. Natural science has much to teach us about the particular
mechanisms and processes of nature, but it is not in a position to
answer these questions about ultimate reality, which point to
mysteries that science as such is not equipped to explore. Nothing
basic to the Christian faith contradicts the findings of modern
science, nor does anything essential to modern science contradict the
Christian faith.

John 1:1-3 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All
things came into being through him, and without him not one thing
came into being."

Ron Schooler
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