Science, Evidence, and God

Background Information
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Romans 1:18–21
Introduction and Alignment
The Bible tells us that the universe and the earth plainly point us to the existence of God and his handiwork. Research and science help us to discover how God made things to work and the natural laws and systems that sustain them. As we pursue truth, science can help us to discover the truth of how things work in areas such as biology, chemistry, human development and even addictions, mental illness, relationships and other areas of social work. For this week’s devotional, watch the video segments below and respond to the questions in the discussion.
Resources
Video: John Lennox – Science vs Religion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETUVUqHVRQY
Video: Faith and Science | Atheism vs Theism | John Lennox, PhD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDZfV4dMkVQ
Science and Religion by William Lane Craig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2badQ85D76Y
Instructions

  1. Watch these short videos: links to youtube given above.
  2. Respond to one or more of the following prompts as a Christian perspective.
    a. What have you been taught or come to believe about the relationship between faith and science? How has it been helpful? How has it caused confusion or tension?
    b. Identify and discuss 2ideas from the videos that can help you as you consider the role of evidence-based treatments in social work? Give an example of how to apply the principles you identified.