Re: Science and the new Presbyterian Catechism

George Murphy (
Tue, 12 Jan 1999 16:06:37 -0500

Schooler, Ronald J. wrote:
> 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."

Looks OK to me for a basic catechism.

George L. Murphy