Re: Science and the new Presbyterian Catechism

Andrew Swensen (
Wed, 13 Jan 1999 08:30:42 -0500

At 10:13 PM 1/12/99 -0600, you wrote:
>To me the virginal conception of Jesus may be explainable by modern biology
>but Christ's and Lazarus' resurrections and many of Christ's other miracles
>might stretch the "Nothing basic to the Christian faith contradicts the
>findings of modern science, nor does anything essential to modern science
>contradict the Christian faith" past what I could agree with. I think one
>would have to play games with either the basics of Christianity or science
>(or both).
Science tells us about the natural processes and rules that govern the
universe. Miracles are, by definition, deviations from these rules. Science
just tells us that a resurrection can't occur 'naturally' or in the normal
course of nature and I agree. Just because science can't explain something
doesn't necessarily mean that science contradicts it. Some may see this as
just dancing around the issue but I think it is an important point.

Andy Swensen

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