In this biblical study, science and faith do not have to compete.

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“If the church wants to be a part of shaping the direction of human needs, the church needs to set up a seat at the table, if not scientifically, can’t you sit down in their seats,” said Matthew grove, one in his class emphasizes the bible studies of science teacher.
Science and Christianity often seem incongruous in the public imagination. But some churches have completed one of their missions, reducing this tension by introducing science into the bible.
“If you don’t speak science, you can’t sit down in your seat,” said Matthew graves, 24, a research teacher at the first Baptist church adult bible study in Nashville. He lists climate change, artificial intelligence and bioethics as just some of the substantive issues that all of the world’s believers are grappling with today. He says they have to do these things to make the church a relevant cultural institution.
Groves’s point of view is supported by research: religious institutions in the United States is losing its members, and those who leave more time, on the grounds of “science” that they don’t agree with previously held religious beliefs.
Groves is a god student who also holds a degree in physics. He combined these passions to teach everything from evolution to climate change in the Sunday school class, from 10 to 60 people.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, groves drew a Venn diagram with two large circles in his classroom – “one for science, one for faith” – and overlapped. He asked more than a dozen of his students how to come up with concepts and where they were in the chart.
The students went into practice. Under “faith”, they placed the word “bible” and “subjective”. Under “science” is “objective”, “observable” and “testable”. That’s when Diana chandler spoke.
“I want to say that my belief is based on fact, that when I interact with god, it is observable, and most of it can be tested,” she said. “As a Christian, I don’t want anything to interfere with my scriptures.”
The tension that chandler describes is repeated in the survey. One of them shows that evangelical christians are twice as likely to see a conflict between science and religion than any other religious group, such as catholics or jews.
According to the study’s author, sociologist Elaine eklund, a number doesn’t always tell the whole story. “On most issues, religious and non-religious people seem to be very friendly to science,” she said. The exception is more than specific problems, such as evolution.
“When you accept the idea that science seems to challenge religious people about who god is or who they are, you see some tension,” she said.
Chandler describes her faith as verifiable, saying the bible is her stronghold. “But for others, I think science can influence them and ask them to question scripture,” she said.
Grove has a lot of watchful students like chandler — and many like carol butler, who doesn’t see the inherent conflict. She quoted some stories from the bible. “From my upbringing, I knew that as a literature, sometimes they didn’t literally take place, because they were stories to help teach the truth,” she says.
His students placed “creation” at the confluence of scientific beliefs in the grove.
“We don’t know all the secrets of science, we don’t know all the secrets of creation, but we know they are a whole,” butler said.

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