Top Questions about Science and the Christian Faith

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Questions about Science and the Christian Faith

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Isn’t the big bang an atheistic theory used to avoid God?

No, the big bang is, in fact, one of the strongest scientific evidences supporting the biblical creation account. It overturns the once-popular notion of an eternal universe.

If the biblical account of human origins is true, why are chimpanzees and humans so genetically similar?

Find out how biology and evolution can help you better understand God’s creations.

Doesn’t the Bible get the order of creation wrong by saying plants appear before the Sun does?

No, because the Sun’s existence accounts for Earth’s light from the first day on.

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Doesn’t the Bible get the science wrong from the very first verse? The Bible says the universe and Earth were created at the same time. Science says there was a nine-billion-year separation between the beginning of the universe and the formation of Earth

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth,” the English translation of Genesis 1:1 might seem to…

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Clearly the Days in Genesis 1 are 24-hour days. How can you say they are longer?

An abundance of biblical evidence (not just science) indicates that the days in Genesis 1 are something other than 24-hour periods. Early commentators agree.

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Doesn’t the Bible say God created everything a few thousand years ago?

God’s Word never specifies a date for creation, but Genesis does provide some clues as to the age of the Earth. The genealogies and the length of the creation “days” play key roles in any biblical assessment of Earth’s age.

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If the biblical account of human origins is true, where does racial diversity come from?

While the Bible doesn’t describe how racial diversity arose, it does seem to imply that it arose rapidly as humans scattered following the Tower of Babel rebellion (described in Genesis 11:1–9).

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If the universe and Earth are billions of years old, doesn’t that mean evolution is true?

A careful definition of terms is essential in addressing this question. “Evolution,” as used in the context of this question, usually refers to biological evolution—the kind proposed by Charles Darwin and developed by the scientific community since Darwin. However,…

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Can humans evolve and still be “created in God’s image?”

The topic of theistic evolution (or evolutionary creationism) garners much attention among Christians these days. Reasons to Believe (RTB) does not doubt the faith of Christians who hold this view, but we affirm a different view.

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Don’t Neanderthals and Denisovans prove that humans evolved?

The Reasons to Believe (RTB) creation model, based on Scripture and science, identifies “hominids”—Neanderthals, Homo erectus, and others—as creatures made by God.

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