A Note from Our Editor: A Note on the Interrelationship of Science and Biblical Theology -- By: John Warwick Montgomery

Journal: Global Journal of Classical Theology
Volume: GJCT 06:3 (Jul 2008)
Article: A Note from Our Editor: A Note on the Interrelationship of Science and Biblical Theology
Author: John Warwick Montgomery

A Note from Our Editor: A Note on the Interrelationship of Science and Biblical Theology

John Warwick Montgomery

Patrick Henry College has been described as “God’s Harvard” by a secular journalist in a best-selling book devoted to the institution. This is due to the ethereal SAT scores of its students, their having beaten Oxford University twice in debates, and their acceptance at the best American graduate schools and as White House internees. 

Great students of course mean great teachers--and lively ones who can’t resist expanding their own knowledge base and integrating learning and solid Christian theology at all levels. Thus, during the current spring semester (2008), physics prof Dr Michael J. Kucks brought together an informal group of faculty members from diverse disciplines to discuss epistemology (the search for and establishment of truth) in the interlocking realms of science, history, law, classical rhetoric, and religion. Needless to say, the sessions have been valuable, stimulating--indeed, an intellectual and theological hoot!

Readers of my Tractatus Logico-Theologicus (available at www.ciltpp.com) will know that in Propositions 2 and 3 I have dealt with these questions in much detail (see especially 3.1 - 3.13 and 2.7 - 2.7311). In preparation for one of the faculty sessions at PHC, I prepared the following short note--which readers of the Global Journal may find helpful if they too are concerned with the question of how to relate science and the Bible.

Not so incidentally, if this whets your appetite, come to Patrick Henry’s International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights, in Strasbourg, France, July 7-18, 2009---www.apologeticsacademy.edu Sorry, but we can’t suggest your attending in July of this year, for we are full up! Take your cue from the wise vs. the foolish virgins (Matthew 25), and register in the September preceding an annual July session . . .

A Note On The Interrelationship Of Science And Biblical Theology

1. Two Primary Errors Are Made In This Area:

(1) The separationist error (= the Bible deals with values, whereas science deals with factual considerations). Example: Karl Heim.

(2) The fundamentalist error (=the Bible is equally concerned with scientific fact as with theological fact).

2. Why Are These Two Errors So Debilitating?

(1) If one commits the separationist error, one undercuts the essence of biblical revelation, i.e., God’s entering ordinary history and our phenomenal world (through divine acts in the history of Israel, by way of prophets and apostles, and—centrally—through the Incarnation of His Son for the salvation of our fallen race).

(2) If one commits the...

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