CENTERVILLE – Has it seemed at times that science and faith cannot be in agreement?
The Bridge Community will look at the issue when they offer the simulcast, “Science and Faith: Are They Really in Conflict?,” on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the church, 260 E. Pages Lane in Centerville.
The presentation is being offered free to the public, but those who wish to attend are asked to register at thebridgeutah.org, so organizers can plan for seating.
“The program will discuss such questions as ‘Does Science Disprove God?’ to help us better understand God,” said the Rev. Loren Pankratz, pastor of the Bridge Community.
Among other questions discussed are: “Just how scientific are the claims of leading athiests? and “Are human beings the result of an unguided Darwinian process?”
“We hope the event will free people to ask and explore the big questions,” about God and science, Pankratz said.
The event is a national simulcast put together by the Center for Science and Culture Discovery Institute, and will feature three speakers: John Lennox, Stephen Meyer and Eric Metaxas.
Lennox is a professor of mathematics at Oxford University and is a renowned speaker on the relationship between science and faith; Meyer is one of the founders of the contemporary intelligent design movement and an author; Metaxas is the author of “Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy,” and has a radio show.
Often people are confused by what they view as contradictions between faith and science, Pankratz said. When they feel that divide between their faith and what they have learned in the real world, people sometimes feel faith and science have nothing to say to each other.
That leads to a “weird compartmentalization” in a person’s life that Pankratz believes isn’t healthy spiritually.
“You can be a scientist and a theist without having to separate the two,” Pankratz said, adding while there are philosophical issues related to science such as those who say miracles can’t happen, “They haven’t been proven scientifically,” he said.
“What we learn scientifically goes a long way to help the theist cause,” Pankratz said.
He believes that compatibility between science and faith can be found in every scientific discipline.