I have made a contact with Dallas Intervarsity staff and they have asked me to help a student trying to share her faith on campus with her peers who are asking questions about science and faith.
What do you think of this strategy?
- Ask what her exposure to science has been in her life
- Ask what kinds of questions are coming her way
- Explain the unity of Christians over the Bible as far after Genesis 11 and diversity of opinion about Genesis 1-11
- Explain there are Protestants who demand Genesis 1-11 be read as a science textbook
- Other Christians including Protestants read Genesis as prescientific and designed to demonstrate to a prescientific people who is the true God among middle eastern gods
- A lot of the issue is the existence of a literal Adam and a literal Fall, with Jesus as the second Adam
- Talking about ICR, ID, and Biologos as three communities of believers differing about Genesis 1-11
- The tension is between evolution teaching populations change over time and man being linked to the animals vs an imago Dei concept
- Do Christians do science differently from atheists?
Here is a major issue. Intervarsity on this campus has staff untrained to deal with science and faith questions. So they go to Reasonable Faith, an organization tied to the aggressive discovery institute which wants to overthrow the legacy of Enlightenment science.
I feel like I need to mention the Baylor science depts response to ID.
Thanks for all your help re abiogenesis, kindness, etc