N.T. Wright on Whether the Slippery Slope Always Leans Left

I have recently come across the BioLogos website. I had heard about it, but only this week began to look through the website. I must say that it is an extremely helpful resource for Christians wanting to engage with understanding our faith, the Scripture and science.

Personally, I am ok with science informing our faith. All truth is God’s truth and, so, good science is God’s good truth. And science informing our faith, or beliefs about Scripture, has happened through the centuries. The greatest example is that of the 16th century when people like Copernicus and Galileo began to teach that we live in a heliocentric universe where the sun sits stationary in the middle and the planets revolve around it. This was contrary to the current geocentric opinion of the day that the earth was in the centre of the universe.

None of this was done to destroy the faith or what the Bible taught. Simply stated, the authors of Scripture were not able to engage with science like they were in the 16th century or even today. Thus, they described things as they saw them and understood them. It didn’t make them ‘wrong’ in the sense of making false statements in Scripture. Rather they were communicating truth within the context of their historical and cultural understanding of the world.

The great things is that this shows how God is so gracious and willing to reveal Himself even when we don’t understand it all. And, though we have taken many scientific leaps since the 16th century, the same stands true in the 21st century. We don’t know it all and don’t understand it all. And in the 22nd century, they will know a little (or a lot) more than we did.

Is our faith subservient to science? Well, Christ definitely isn’t. But I suppose I, and we, don’t have perfect knowledge yet. We await that day, as Paul points out in 1 Cor 13:10.

So, I believe we need to be open and willing to learn from and understand good and solid science. Science actually simply means knowledge. But as we gain knowledge, we should not let it puff us up, as Paul warns in 1 Cor 8:1. Rather we are still to remain committed to self-sacrificial love, just as the divine Son, Jesus, was.

Therefore, with a lot of the questions surrounding such issues as faith, Scripture and science, this is where the team at BioLogos is extremely helpful. Not to mention that each member of the team have written solid books as evangelical scholars, such as Peter Enns’ Inspiration and Incarnation, which I hope to begin posting a multiple-part review next week.

So noting the great resource that I believe BioLogos can be for Christians, I plan to regularly post video interviews as well as links to articles and papers from their site. I hope they are as helpful to you as they are to me.

To begin, here is an interview BioLogos held with N.T. Wright on whether or not the slippery slope always leans left (or ‘liberal’). I believe Wright brings some very helpful balance here.