Group Discussion Guide: Bridging Faith and Science

Lesson 1 — Misguided Culture War

  1. Think about the church context in which you are most familiar. How—if at all—were you taught to think about the relationship between religion and science?

    Now, think about your experience in the science guild (your education or work). What is the perception of religion in these circles?

  2. As Praveen suggests, science and religion can complement each other because they are approaching the same Truth from different directions and asking different kinds of questions.

    • Do you find this to be a helpful way of thinking about the relationship between science and religion? Why or why not?

    • What kinds of questions is theology asking? Are there questions about the nature of creation that, for example, the Bible does not answer?

    • What kinds of questions is science asking? Are there questions about the nature of reality that science cannot answer?

  3. Just about every Christian experiences some form of doubt at some point or another. Can you think of a time in your life when you were troubled by doubts? Do you feel like you were given the space and time to wrestle with big questions in your religious context?

    Can you remember a time that you were afraid to ask a question or there was an issue that you didn’t feel you could discuss honestly?
  4. Read 2 Timothy 1:7. What do you think Paul means when he says that we have been given a spirit of “sound mind”?