Religion and science ask different kinds of questions about the universe and its origins. Most Christians embrace scientific discoveries but in ways that differ according to Christian denomination.
Why is scientific research empirical?
It is based on ideas that cannot be tested
It will not accept anything that goes against the theory
It involves experiments and observation to provide evidence
What is the main difference between religious and scientific truths?
Religious truths do not have to have empirical evidence
Science depends totally on what people believe
Religious truths have to have hard facts to be accepted
When did the Big Bang take place?
30,000 years ago
2 billion years ago
14 billion years ago
How did the Big Bang happen?
Two clouds of particles collided
All matter and energy in the universe expanded rapidly, and eventually stars, galaxies and planets were formed
A star went into supernova and exploded outward
According to the Book of Genesis, in how many days did God create the world?
What is the central message of the Genesis creation stories?
That God made everything good
That everything happened by chance
That chaos dominates everything
What approach do fundamentalist Christians take to the account of creation in the Bible?
It is made up and not credible
It is a meaningful metaphor that shows mankind's responsibility for creation
It is the word of God and literally true
Who devised the theory of evolution?
Why did 19th century Christians reject Darwin's theory of evolution?
It was an attack on their faith because it implied God did not make all living creatures
It implied that human beings were greater than God
They did not like Charles Darwin
How do many Christians today see the relationship between God and evolution?
They reject evolution as it contradicts the Biblical account and denies God's power
They see God as the Creator who uses evolution as the method of creation
They believe that evolution proves that God does not exist