Faith, Science, And The Millenials

According to a recent study by the Barna Group, my generation, the Millenials, are leaving or are opposed to the Church because of their scientific conclusions, or their flexibility with it. I see this as a major problem for the Church and something we will have to face. With growing trends in biological and genetic ethics, the new phenomenons in string theory and neuroscience, the Church will have to either learn to be more accommodating, reconsider there scientific conclusions, or allow healthy discourse in order to continue to appeal to the Millenials.  If these presumptions continue to go unnoticed, then Rob Bell’s next book might cause some similar stir like Love Wins did. Bell has said that his next book will be on the topic of Science. My generation is clearly headed to moving out of hyper rationalism and will learn to integrate faith and science, not separate them.

 

Do you think the Church needs to reconsider their scientific conclusions? (which may include how we have interpreted the Bible)

Do you think the Church needs to cut ties with my generation?

How important is science to your faith?

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8 thoughts on “Faith, Science, And The Millenials

  1. claywalden says:

    I love what the late Pope John Paull II said “Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.”

  2. Jesse Turri says:

    This is a great topic and it is an exciting time for both science and faith. I feel, to quote Kant, both are waking up from their “dogmatic slumber.” Modern, reductionist Scientism is giving way to new, dare I say sacred(?) and meaningful ways of understanding the universe, while The Church is slowly starting to see science as friend not enemy with people like Phillip Clayton, John Polkinghorne and Michael Dowd leading the way.

    Dr. Thomas Plante wrote a great piece in Psychology Today recently (http://jesseturri.com/wordpress/?p=3141); money quote:

    “As I came to appreciate very long ago, the more you learn the more you realize how much you don’t know. The more knowledge you have of both science and religion the more humbling it is to realize that there are so many more questions than answers out there.”

    • Mike Friesen says:

      Jesse,
      I’ve been advised by several people to read Polkinghome, do you have any recommendations?

      And, that quote is not only true but it is one that ought to ignite people into beautiful curiosity.

      • Jesse says:

        I recently read “Reason and Reality”by Polkinghorne. Very good. It’s a collection of essays in which he touches on themes in his earlier works.

  3. Matt K says:

    Really great thoughts from both John Paul II and Plante. I really relate to Plante’s quote, as it is entirely true that the more we know, the more we realize we don’t know.

    I have always found this topic fascinating – “science vs. religion,” as if they are at odds. Please don’t ever be confused to think that God Himself separates the two. The only thing that ever gets confused is man’s ability to convince each other as to what the truth is.

    The truth exists in and of itself. It cannot be changed, only discovered. Jeremiah 31:34 speaks of a day where the truth is revealed to all, and there will be no more debating, or perhaps even teaching. Until then, I imagine these two subjects will be at odds with each other in the eyes of many people.

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