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Women's Class: Christian Worldview and the False Dichotomy Between Sacred and Secular (Pt.8)

May 19, 2019 Speaker: Danielle Lochan Series: Women's Class: Christian Worldview and the False Dichotomy between Sacred and Secular

If I profess with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except that little point which the world and the Devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”
-often attributed to Martin Luther

Learning goals: (a) familiarize ourselves with the evidence that is often touted in favour of Darwinian evolution, as well as its limitations (b) identify the underlying worldview of Darwinian evolution (c) explain one response to “Evolution vs. Religion” in the classroom

Wikipedia Definitions of Some “isms”

Darwinism: a theory of biological evolution developed by the English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809–1882) and others, stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual's ability to compete, survive, and reproduce

Naturalism: the "idea or belief that only natural (as opposed to supernatural or spiritual) laws and forces operate in the world." Adherents of naturalism (i.e., naturalists) assert that natural laws are the rules that govern the structure and behavior of the natural universe, that the changing universe at every stage is a product of these laws

Materialism: holds that matter is the fundamental substance in nature, and that all things, including mental aspects and consciousness, are results of material interactions.

Lecture Outline:

  1. Introduction: Modern Science as Philosophical Materialism
  2. The Limited Evidence for Darwinian Evolution (see next page)
  • The Real Driving Force: Philosophy, Not Evidence
  1. Evolution as Religion
  2. Evolution Within Christian Circles
  3. Back to the Two-Story View of Facts vs. Values

*We’ve been following Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity for this series. This handout has been adapted from her book.

Pearcey, Nancy. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity. Crossway Books, 2008.

Discussion Questions:

  • The Arkansas Science Teachers Association (ASTA) published this in a paper in 2001. Where do you see the two-story divide in these words?

“Science strives to explain the nature of the cosmos while religion seeks to give the cosmos and the life within it a purpose.”