Simple Faith discusses the relationship between faith and science
Simple Faith invites science teachers as guest speakers to discuss the coexistence of science and Christianity every Tuesday from Jan. 12-26 in H-6 and H-7.
In the beginning of the year, the leadership, members and advisers of Simple Faith planned events for the school year and voted the controversy between science and religion as a popular topic for discussion.
“We collectively thought this [debate] would be relevant to Christians on campus and perhaps non-Christians as well,” Simple Faith adviser and social science teacher Bill Bosanko said. “Americans are strange in that they see some opposition between Christianity and science which isn’t necessarily there, so we thought we’d bring in some people who teach science who are Christians and have them explain this alleged conflict.”
Science teachers discussed how each of their specific subjects was able to coexist with religion. On Jan. 12, physics teacher Tony Goossens talked about the nature of physics, which is more about real-life data than interpretation.
“Physics is probably the easiest of the sciences to not contradict the Bible, or the Quran or the Torah. It’s the most factual of all the sciences because you only deal with facts,” Goossens said. “Physics isn’t going to get into a controversy because there’s nothing to argue, unless you want to argue terminology, like Big Bang versus Genesis, but what’s there to argue?”
Biology teacher Bryn Schultz presented her experience as a Christian college student in a biology major.
“I had a particular professor that taught macroevolution, and he told the class that his goal was to provide us ammunition against creationism, so I spoke about that,” Burke said. “I just hoped to teach [students] that they need to be firm in their faith [and] understand what facts and evidence truly are. The Bible isn’t a science book, but science has not been able to discount facts that are in the Bible.”
Chemistry teacher Garrett Lim will speak at the upcoming meeting on Jan. 26.
“I’m just going to talk about how science actually strengthened my faith. [For] all of the stuff I studied, it makes more sense if there’s something more intricate other than just chance that things happen the way they are,” Lim said.
After each talk, members engage in discussions and debates by asking clarifying and analytical questions from both the scientific and the religious perspective.
“I think it’s a really good series just because people generally think of Christianity as anti-science and science as anti-Christianity. Personally, I’ve never had a problem with science and my religion, but I think it’s really beneficial for a lot of people in our club,” cabinet member Kade Bosanko said. “I think this [controversy] is one of the big things that really challenges people’s faith, so I think this [event] will really strengthen their faith.”
To further expand students’ viewpoints, Simple Faith plans to invite an atheist guest speaker who is against the coexistence of religion and science.
“The reason why we [look at things from different outlooks] is not just to support ourselves [but also because] we’re an open club, we’re open to all beliefs, we’re open to all interpretations and the only way to gain truth is from these perspectives,” cabinet member senior Justin Tjoa said. “I do not want to go about an interpretation of Christian club as a close-minded one that refuses to partake in gaining perspective. If we have no [exposure] to different perspectives, how can we proclaim this as truth?”
By Angela Cao, Staff writer
Photo by Amanda Taing