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In Christ & Culture podcast with Dr. Ken Keathley, we explore how the Christian faith intersects all avenues of today’s culture through conversations with leading thinkers.
Today’s Episode: Can we talk about science in the sanctuary? Dr. Erica Carlson, a theoretical physicist, joins us to discuss how her passion for physics influenced her life in the church and how studying the physical world glorifies God and edifies the Body of Christ.
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Why allowing questions gives young believers theological shock absorbers.
“I meet these students who come to college as freshman, and it’s like they’re driving a theology car that’s made of glass. If it hits a bump in the road, the whole thing just explodes. It doesn’t have any shock absorbers. So I think it was a tremendous strength to have the idea in hand that Christians don’t agree on the answers to everything. There are details of theology that Christians disagree about. It doesn’t mean there’s no answer, just that there’s multiple answers; we’re just not sure which is the right one. That was a tremendous strength to me in being able to address that.
“I’d like to encourage churches to create those spaces — for whatever denomination you’re in — there’s some theological question in your church you’d feel comfortable having multiple views discussed. It’s an opportunity to train believers in how to maintain the unity of the spirit even when you disagree. But what you’re doing for the young people in your church is you’re giving them shock absorbers for their faith and make them stronger as they go out in the world and learn new things.”
God knows more about science.
“There is no new knowledge you will learn at the university that surprises God. Nothing… God knows more science than we do, and it hasn’t made him stop believing in himself.”
“Sometimes secular society invites us to view each other as nothing more than a collection of atoms, nothing more than a collection of DNA. I think we diminish ourselves when we do that…. Emergence in my field can give us a platform of discussing those larger questions.”