Why Disciple Science
YouTube didn’t exist when I was in college. Whoa! Times have changed. Throughout the past decade, free videos from independent creators have gone from virtually nonexistent to being indispensable for education and entertainment. Dozens of educational channels, some supported by the National Science Foundation and PBS, have legitimized YouTube as a critical and respected source for both teachers and students. Christians have joined the cause with similar success effectively engaging a worldwide audience with content on the Bible, philosophy, theology and ministry. At this point, it is hard to conceive of a topic that isn’t covered by multiple channels. However, I believe there is at least one notable absence. We lack a thoughtful presentation of the libraries worth of information published on the intersection of science and theology. It isn’t for lack of interest. An Amazon search for books exploring the relationship between science and Christianity produces over two thousand results. It also isn’t for lack of importance. The perception of incompatibility between science and theology is still used as a reason to doubt the relevance of the Bible and the existence of God causing some to walk away from their faith.
While the tension is real, scholars in the history and philosophy of science generally agree that there isn’t true conflict between science and faith. However, the public perception of conflict tells us that a sense of science and theology being complementary has not made it into our social consciousness. Fortunately, thinkers and worshipers have been contemplating this relationship for millennia and have built compelling explanations for how to understand God in the context of the study of creation. One of the primary goals of Disciple Science is to share their vision, and ours, of the contributions each field of study (science and theology) can contribute to a fuller picture of reality. If you doubt that this is possible, then we invite you to watch, listen and engage with questions of your own. We aren’t prone to dogma, hurling insults or “destroying” another view, instead we welcome questions and feedback from anyone who wants to approach these topics in a respectful manner. We won’t guarantee simple answers to every question, but we do hope to create an environment in which everyone feels safe to ask.
You can have a deep faith while pursuing a career or hobby in science, and we believe that science can inspire a strengthened Christian faith.