Purpose of This Lesson:
To continue the discussion about the origins of life while asking where science and religion intersect.
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Take some time to reflect on your impression of the relationship between science and Christianity. How would you characterize that relationship? Consider sharing stories from your own life about how your impressions of issues like creation, evolution, and design have been shaped.
“Whatever truths scientists discover, those truths ultimately come from God.” Discuss your initial reaction to this statement. How does it fit with your understanding of the world? How does it fit with your understanding of God?
Name some things you have seen or experienced in the natural world that have sparked feelings of wonder, beauty, mystery, and curiosity. What have those experiences taught you about God?
Describe a time when you felt pressure to choose between science and faith. Did you feel you had to choose one over the other or did you believe there must be some way to reconcile them?
“Our world belongs to God. . . .” What does that statement mean to you? How might thinking of God as not just the creator but also the sustainer of the world affect the impressions we have of the relationship between science and religion?
These six videos are companions to the book Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design by Deborah B. Haarsma and Loren D. Haarsma (2011, Faith Alive). Purchase book on Faith Alive.