The Bible & Ancient Science

Principles of Interpretation

Is the Bible a book of science? More than half of Americans believe science and religion are in conflict.

Theologian and scientist Denis O. Lamoureux suggests that a common assumption of biblical interpretation fuels this struggle. Many Christians think Scripture is supposed to align with science in some sort of way. This idea is known as “scientific concordism” (or simply “concordism”). But Lamoureux demonstrates that the Bible has an ancient science.

During the inspiration of Scripture, the Holy Spirit came down to the level of the biblical writers and allowed them to use the science-of-the-day as a vessel for delivering life-changing, inerrant spiritual truths.

Dr. Lamoureux explains how moving beyond concordism leads to a peaceful and God-honoring relationship between modern science and our Christian faith.

The key to helping those struggling with the compatibility of evolution and Christian faith goes far beyond simply coming to terms with scientific evidence. It must also involve learning to read the Bible in ways that respect its ancient context. … Lamoureux continues to be my most trusted writer on evolution and Christianity.

PETER ENNS, Ph.D.

Professor of Biblical Studies, Eastern University

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