Science & Faith with Dr Ben Koop
A Christian scientist updates us on the latest in this controversial subject. And yes, faith and science can coexist. Ben F. Koop PhD FRSC, Professor & Canada Research Chair, Biology, University of Victoria.We gain our knowledge about God’s character and His actions in history from the Bible, that is, from revelation. But what can we learn about God from human reason? Specifically, what can evolution and science teach us about God?
Join us for “Lessons from the Genome” with Dr Ben Koop.
Science organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the world. Richard Feynman says, “The test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific ‘truth’. But what is also needed is imagination - to guess at the wonderful patterns beneath them all. [T]here is an expanding frontier of ignorance, things must be learned only to be unlearned again or, more likely, to be corrected.”
Philosopher Barry Stroud adds that, being skeptical and entertaining the possibility that one is incorrect is compatible with being correct. Inquiry is the struggle to resolve actual doubt (merely quarrelsome, verbal, or hyperbolic doubt is Fruitless), the inquirer should try to attain genuine doubt rather than resting uncritically on common sense. “Genuine doubt”... hmmm…not something encouraged in Christian faith but essential for learning (maybe). Can doubt be essential for learning something about God? If so, how and why? And just what can the genetics tell us about God?