Re: [asa] Question from one of my students

From: George Murphy <>
Date: Fri Sep 29 2006 - 19:17:58 EDT

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From: "James Mahaffy" <>
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Sent: Friday, September 29, 2006 5:18 PM
Subject: [asa] Question from one of my students

> Folks,
> My paleontology students were asked to read Ted Davis article on
> concordism and Bethany, one of my students had a question. I suggested
> she give it to me and I would post it to the ASA list. I will blind copy
> this to her and the class so their e-mails won't be out there in a
> public web archive. Paleo class you can see any responses by looking
> at the archives of the ASA list at url:
> Bethany has not read as much as some of you have but she is asking a
> serious question so I will post it and see if you have any response
> Ted Davis, in his article on historical views of the origins of the
> earth, especially in regards to Christian concordism, cites Francis
> Bacon writing about Scripture and Creation, and warning that people be
> careful to "not unwisely mingle or confound these learnings together."
> I wonder if anyone on the ASA list has an opinion on "wisely" mingling
> the teachings of Scripture and Creation. Is there a way to discuss
> God's Creation in a way that is scientifically sound and also
> Scripturally sound?

To begin with, we know that the universe _is_ creation is from the
scriptures which bear witness to God's revelation. Science helps us to
understand what that creation is, what its laws are, &c. Science by itself
can't tell us that the world is creation but studies the world only as
"nature," "cosmos" &c. OTOH, scripture is not a very good guide for a
scientific understanding of the world since its purpose is to speak about
how the world is related to God and what God's intentions for the world are.


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