Christianity and Science


Nobody Outside of Us, No Atonement

“[Ian] McEwan leaves us where he left Briony [from Atonement], with the grim realization that without something beyond us, outside ourselves, there can be no atonement. Such a message might not have been palatable for a mass movie audience because it goes against our cherished assumption that we can atone for our lives by the choices we make. But McEwan, a professed atheist, is more honest. No God, no atonement. We may yearn for it, but that’s all we can do. As he says, “The attempt was all.”” -Rankin Wilbourne, Union with Christ


Theories of Suffering

  1. Suffering is real and will not go away. But death comes as the end, and death brings an end to suffering and [gives] eventual peace. [MATERIALISM]
  2. Suffering is an illusion. It simply is not there, but is imagined. [EASTERN RELIGIONS]
  3. Suffering is real, but we ought to be able to rise above it and recognize that it is of little importance. [EXISTENTIALISM]
  4. God suffered in Christ. God knows what it is like to suffer, and therefore can offer help to sufferers. [CHRISTIANITY]


From Alister McGrath, I Believe

Implications of Creation

“If God created all things, then lots of very common beliefs about the universe are simply wrong. Think about it: Materialism (the idea that the material, physical world is all there is) must be wrong, because there is a God. Dualism (both God and everything else have always existed side by side) must be wrong, because God created matter. Pantheism (God is in everything) and panentheism (everything is part of God) must both be wrong, because God is distinct from what he has created. God created all things, and by his will they exist.” -Andrew Wilson