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Origins: A selection of different views

Do we need the religious creation story, now we have science?

Here are some comments by students in Years 7, 9 and 10. Which if any do you agree with?

Does science replace religion?

Many people (whether religious or not) argue that science and religion exist to do different jobs. It’s sometimes called the “How and Why” idea. How do you think it works?

Can a question have more than one answer?

This idea that there can be more than one answer to a question is something many people struggle with. When we ask a question, we expect to get one answer.

But it makes more sense if we shift to a different example.

Take the question,

quote open“Why did the Titquote closeanic sink?”

One answer is, “because its captain, Captain Smith refused to listen to warnings by other ships that there were icebergs in that area and also because the shipbuilders had used substandard rivets (nails) along the seams of some of the panels.”
Another answer is, “because the ship was travelling fast when it struck the iceberg and the impact was enough to snap some of the rivets and rip the Titanic apart.”
These two answers can work together because one answer tells you “why – for what reason?” and the other tells you, “Why, in what manner”.


Applying this ‘How and Why’ idea to science and religion

Now let’s see how this idea can be applied when thinking about the question, ‘Why do humans exist?’. According to supporters of Theistic Evolution (the name given to this approach) the answer is that God created life, but He did so using natural processes which are open to scientific investigation.

In the video below, astronomer, Dr Jennifer Wiseman and Physicist, Prof Jim Al-Khalili explain further.

In your view, what does the Creation story tell us:

Theistic evolution is a term used to describe the view that God created life on Earth through processes that science is able to explain. Supporters of Theistic Evolution argue that when the Bible says the Universe was created in six days, this is a poetic expression, not a factual statement.

Creationists, on the other hand, say that when the Bible tells us that the Universe was created in six days, then this is exactly what it means. What do you think?

Here are three different ways to explain how the Universe and life began

Science answers so many questions, what can it tell us about God?

© 2011 LASAR (Learning about Science and Religion)