Do Christian revelation and scriptures represent legitimate sources of knowledge on our origins ?


Does the Christian Orthodox Tradition represent a legitimate source of knowledge on the world’s origins or is this question the exclusive domain of science?

Questions about the world’s origins inevitably put the Christian faithful in front of a problematic : that of the relation between scientific knowledge and theological knowledge.

Some scientists along Stephen J. Gould have claimed that science and theology are not in conflict with each other since they deal with very different spheres of knowledge. The question of the Origins however, would represent a perfect illustration to the contrary. It shows that the teachings of science and theology can -and do- sometimes overlap over the same fundamental issues.

The question of the Origins has always been of great interest to both scientists and theologians. The Fathers of the Church such as saint Basil the Great, blessed Augustine, saint John Chrysostom and many others have composed scores of treaties dealing with the question of the origins of the universe as well as studies on anthropological questions, etc.

Today, there are some within the scientific community who have raised serious objections about the very relevance of these contributions by theologians. “What expertise can theologians bring to deep cosmological questions that scientists cannot ?” wondered Prof. Richard Dawkins, popular scientist and author of “The God Delusion” (The God Delusionp.56-57)

The theoretical physicist Dr. Sean Carroll expressed similar doubts about the relevance of a theological perspective on cosmogonical questions in a recent debate : “If you go to cosmology conferences there’s a lot of talk about the origin and nature of the universe, there is no talk about what role God might have played in bringing the universe about. It is not an idea that is taken seriously.” (Debate between Sean Carroll and W.L.Craig, The Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum in Faith and Culture, New Orleans, Feb.2014, Sean Carroll’s opening speech) …

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Posted February 22, 2014 by genesisandscience in Uncategorized

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