Chris Baglow

Chris Baglow
Chris Baglow, Ph.D. is the Director of the Science & Religion Initiative in the McGrath Institute for Church Life.

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Faith and Science: Imperfection, Evil, and Human Nature

Posted by Chris Baglow on Jul 22, 2020 7:10:00 AM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion, and is excerpted from the author's textbook Faith, Science, & Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge, 2nd edition (Midwest Theological Forum, 2019).

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Topics: faith and reason, science and religion, sin, virtue, good and evil

Faith and Science: The Language of God

Posted by Chris Baglow on Jul 7, 2020 7:03:00 AM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion, and is adapted from the author's textbook Faith, Science, & Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge, 2nd edition (Midwest Theological Forum, 2019)

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Topics: creation, faith and reason, science and religion

Faith & Science: Newton's Laws & Flaws

Posted by Chris Baglow on Jun 16, 2020 5:41:16 PM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion, and is adapted from the author's textbook Faith, Science, & Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge, 2nd edition (Midwest Theological Forum, 2019)

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Topics: Theology, creation, faith and reason, science and religion, Isaac Newton

Faith & Science: The Miracle of the Resurrection and Science

Posted by Chris Baglow on Jun 2, 2020 9:17:04 AM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion.

Considering the Resurrection of Christ with modern science as a backdrop helps us look upon the mystery of the Resurrection with fresh eyes. From the perspective of physics, the Resurrection is the elevation of matter to a new way of existing beyond what is possible in the normal state of the universe. From the perspective of biology, the man Jesus belongs totally to the sphere of the divine and eternal. Now “in” God there is a place for bodiliness, which means that human beings now have a “place” in God’s life. 

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Topics: faith and reason, Resurrection, science, science and religion

Faith & Science: Can the Big Bang Prove God Exists?

Posted by Chris Baglow on Apr 21, 2020 10:42:25 AM

Editorial Note: This post is part of our #FaithAndScience series exploring the relationship between science and religion, and is adapted from the author's textbook Faith, Science, & Reason: Theology on the Cutting Edge, 2nd edition (Midwest Theological Forum, 2019)

Should the Big Bang be understood, as it is by some, as proving the existence of God and the divinely inspired truth of the Bible? The answer is no. St. John Paul II once cautioned that we should not use the Big Bang Theory in this way (Message to the Director of the Vatican Observatory,1988). In 1985, he said that “to desire a scientific proof of God would be equivalent to lowering God to the level of the beings of our world, and we would therefore be mistaken methodologically in regard to what God is. Science must recognize its limits and its inability to reach the existence of God: it can neither affirm nor deny his existence” (General Audience, July 10, 1985). We cannot find proof of God’s existence through scientific discovery. Science studies the material world, and God is not part of the material world.

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Topics: creation, faith and reason, science and religion, Big Bang

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