The Case for Truth | Can I Believe in the Bible and Science? (Pt. 1) :: YouVersion Event
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The Case for Truth | Can I Believe in the Bible and Science? (Pt. 1)
Dr. Jim Bradford | July 25, 2021
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(Stephen E. Meyer)

* Cosmology -- the universe had a beginning
* Physics -- the laws of nature are finely tuned
Dr. Francis Collins, Geneticist
“When you look from the perspective of a scientist at the universe, it looks as if it knew we were coming.There are 15 constants – the gravitational constant, various constants about the strong and weak nuclear force, etc. – that have precise values.

If any one of those constants was off by even one part in a million, or in some cases, by one part in a million million. . .matter would not have been able to coalesce, there would have been no galaxy, stars, planets or people.”
Craig Krueger, Sojourn Campus Church
"Now it is true that 40 billion planets in the Milky Way have sufficient liquid water to support biological life as we know it. But what of the other necessary zones? Let's take the photosynthetic zone as an example. Without photosynthesis, only microbes can exist; no plants or animals can survive.

For photosynthesis to occur, seven factors must be fine-tuned: light intensity, ambient temperature, carbon dioxide concentration, regularly occurring season variation, mineral availability, liquid water supply and atmospheric humidity (for land based life). These seven factors alone eliminate all known star planet systems for habitability except our sun earth system! And there are six other zones to explore!"
Mark Pinsky, USA TODAY
“While impossible to quantify, a surprising number of prominent British researchers at the pinnacle of their fields, with worldwide reputations in the physical and biological sciences, proclaim their evangelical Christian faith.“

. . .First, they say the likelihood that intelligent, carbon-based life originated in the universe by chance is infinitesimally minute. And second, they proclaim their belief in what they accept as the first-hand, biblical accounts of Jesus’ life, death and physical resurrection.”
* BIOLOGY -- life is coded with information
John Lennox, Oxford University, "Seven Days That Divide The World"
“In recent years information has come to be regarded as one of the fundamental concepts of science. One of the most intriguing things about it is that it is not physical. This information you are reading at the moment is carried on the physical medium of paper and ink (or a physical computer screen). But the information itself is not material. As I argue in detail elsewhere, the nonmateriality of information points to a nonmaterial source – a mind, the mind of God.”
>> In summary:
- The universe had a beginning
- The laws of nature are finely tuned
- Life is coded with information

>> Do these statements take away from Biblical faith?
Erwin Schrodinger . . .
“I am very astonished that the scientific picture of the real world around me is very deficient. It gives us a lot of factual information, puts all of our experience in a magnificently consistent order, but it is ghastly silent about all...that is really near to our heart, that really matters to us.

. . . it knows nothing of beautiful and ugly, good or bad, God and eternity. Science sometimes pretends to answer questions in these domains but the answers are very often so silly that we are not inclined to take them seriously.”
* What makes us uniquely human?
* Is our spirit/soul more than our physical brain?
* Where does moral authority come from?
* How can meaning exist?