A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Believing Scientists Respond: Why Are You a Christian?

from Biologos:

Jeff Hardin, chair of the department of zoology, University of Wisconsin (BioLogos Board Chair)

I'm a Christian because the Christian story of the world-- and of myself-- makes sense of reality. The Gospel – an old English word for "Good News"-- is a Big Story that involves each one of us, but it's also one of cosmic proportions.... the Big Story of the Scriptures is consilient with all that we know. It makes sense of the moral nature of reality that we all perceive, the "unreasonable reasonableness" (to borrow from physicist Eugene Wigner) of the universe, and of our own ability to perceive the moral and rational fabric of reality.
Roseanne Sension, professor of chemistry, University of Michigan

I am convinced that the purposelessness of a purely natural/materialistic outlook is missing something significant. There is a purpose to our existence that goes beyond chemistry, physics and biology. Of course, Christianity is not the only possible solution to this problem. I am a Christian because the overarching story of purpose and redemption and the ethical vision for love, service, justice is compelling.
Ian Hutchinson, professor of nuclear science and engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

I became a Christian, as an undergraduate at Cambridge University, because of the person of Jesus.

...it was only then that I heard clearly and came to accept that the evidence for his Resurrection is strong, and gives good reason to believe it is true.

My subsequent decades of experience in the Christian faith have confirmed to me the reality of God's presence, and my intellectual exploration has strengthened my conviction that the Gospel is supported by compelling evidence and logical arguments.
More responses from believing scientists can be found here.

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