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Three Views on Christianity and Science (Counterpoints)

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When it comes to relating Christianity to modern Western culture, perhaps no topic is more controversial than the relationship between Christianity and science. Outside the church, the myth of an age-old conflict between science and Christianity is nearly ubiquitous in popular culture and can poison the well before a fruitful dialogue can begin. Within the church, opposing viewpoints on the relation between Christianity and science often lead to division and rancor.

Three Views on Christianity and Science addresses both types of conflict. Featuring leading evangelical representatives, it presents three primary options for the compatibility of Christianity and science and models constructive dialogue on the surrounding controversial issues.

The highlighted contributors and their views are:

  • Michael Ruse, Independence View—When functioning correctly, science and Christian theology operate independently of each other, seeking answers to different questions through different means.
  • Alister McGrath, Dialogue View—Though the natural sciences and Christian philosophy and theology function differently, they can and should inform each other.
  • Bruce L. Gordon, Constrained Integration View—Science, philosophy, and theology all contribute to our understanding of reality. Their interactions constrain each other and together present an optimally coherent and integrated picture of reality.

By engaging with the viewpoints of the contributors, readers will come away with a deeper understanding of the compatibility of science and Christianity, as well as of the positions of those who disagree with them. Scholars, students, pastors, and interested laypeople will be able to make use of this material in research, assignments, sermons and lessons, evangelism, and apologetics.

Resource Experts
  • Addresses conflict inside Christianity and in culture
  • Presents three primary options for the compatibility of Christianity and science
  • Models constructive dialogue on controversial issues

Top Highlights

“But faith in God isn’t a way of knowing God exists; it’s a trust in God, resting on reason and knowledge while simultaneously supporting them.” (Page 59)

“Science tells us that we cannot take Genesis literally. It tells us nothing about whether Genesis is true.” (Page 40)

“science both points to God and requires God’s existence to be carried out in a coherently rational way.” (Page 16)

“96 percent of our universe lies beyond the scope of scientific investigation.8” (Page 80)

“There is no ‘right’ or privileged way of understanding the relationship of Christianity—or any other religion—to the natural sciences. Instead, we find a rich range of possibilities, some of which are declared to be normative by those with special interests in the matter.” (Page 78)

  • Michael Ruse
  • Alister E. McGrath
  • Bruce L. Gordon
  • Paul Copan
  • Christopher L. Reese


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