Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Sunday School on Science and Faith

I haven't taught Sunday School since moving to Virginia. That's about to change. I will teach on a familiar topic, and will post the notes here. Much of the notes will be taken from previous blogs posts--which were take from previous Sunday School Notes, so I am no longer sure which came first. At any rate, they may look familiar. Below the line is the tentative outline.

Science and Faith

This Sunday School series will deal with the tension between science and faith. It is important to remember that I am not an elder in this church—my views on these matters are strictly my own and in no way endorsed by Grace Baptist Chapel. I certainly hope that we can enjoy an iron-sharpens-iron civil discourse on the topics—some of which are likely to be a bit controversial.

The outline for the series is:

  1. Introduction
    1. Special Revelation and Theology.
    2. General Revelation and Science.
    3. God is not a god of confusion.
    4. Christians v. Scientists. What's the score?

  2. What is science? What is not science?
    1. Philosophical Naturalism: The cosmos is all there is.
    2. Methodological Naturalism: Let's operate as if the cosmos is all there is.
    3. Show me the experiment!

  3. Blind Faith—Does the Bible present it as a virtue?
    1. Hebrews 11 seems to say yes, until, oddly enough…
    2. Hebrews 11 seems to prove otherwise.

  4. The Genesis Days
    1. What does yom mean?
    2. Can we literally take this literally?
    3. Rabbit Trail: the Tree of Life.

  5. The Church Fathers
    1. Oops: it seems that on that day, Adam surely did not die.
    2. There's Justin, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and finally…
    3. St. Augustine: the most radical non-literalist.

  6. Intelligent Design
    1. Good: Intelligent Design as an apologetic.
    2. Bad: The Intelligent Design Movement and the culture wars.
    3. Ugly: The poor witness and the proclamation of victimhood.

  7. The cosmological fine tunings—the Multiverse or Multiple Verses?
    1. The universe on a razor's edge.
    2. Don't touch that constant!
    3. Is it luck, multiple universes, or God in the details?

  8. Who can be a Christian? Is theistic evolution incompatible with Christianity?
    1. Remember, we are Protestants.
    2. Remember, we are Calvinists.
    3. Think of the Children!

  9. Summary

UPDATE: The posts for this Sunday School, which begins May 25, will also be availaible on this site.

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