Faith and learning belong together, and knowledge is limited when one is used without the other. Faith needs learning, and learning needs faith. Faith without learning can never be tested for truth, and learning without faith assumptions tends to study the trivial. Christians should strive to integrate faith and learning and thus improve their ability to know truth. We need to use all the fields of knowledge from the sciences and the arts, guided by a sound foundation of Christian beliefs about reality and human nature, in order to discover truths important for our lives. A faith that needs development and needs learning is often seen as weak and full of doubts. Having a little humility in any learning arena is the key to improving. In practical terms this means that our understanding of the biblical view of the person may be aided by our study of relevant subject areas such as psychology, history, science, and literature. I Have a Question: I cannot imagine that a biological scientist needs to have religious beliefs in order to do his or her job. In fact, it seems like religion and biology don’t need to mix at all. Am I right?
o Yours is a good question in today’s world of creation-evolution debates. The answer is not simple and demands more details later. For now let’s just say that we are not talking about religion and biology but about assumptions and biology. We are talking about whether some biologists are operating with incorrect worldviews that in minor or more serious ways are negatively affecting their abilities to do their science and interpret their results. At the same time, Christians may need to decide with the help of scientific thinking what the biblical content is teaching us about the natural world. There may not be a lot of overlap between biblical content and scientific teaching in biology, but there is some, and we need to do our homework in both biblical interpretation and scientific data interpretation in order to learn more about our world and ourselves. How we do that work will be the subject of the next chapter on integrating faith and learning. The Role of Learning: The separation of faith and learning produces two major difficulties in the knowledge process. Faith without learning cannot be tested, and learning without faith assumptions tends to produce trivial knowledge.
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- Fall '10
- bible, Faith, Reality