Our Concert Band returned from their tour a few weeks ago. They attended a presentation titled Science and Faith: Are they really in conflict? Eric Metaxas, moderating in the video above, led the night of lecture and questions and answers with Oxford University professor, John Lennox, and the Director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, Stephen Meyer.
Hearing two of the most influential scientists who are committed Christians speak on the battle between science and faith is undoutedly a hightlight for any student. I, personally, am jealous that my sons were able to sit through the influential lecture. It's part of the experience of our tour program that makes me wish I could attend every trip we coordinate for our students.
Next year our Choir will travel to the west coast under the direction of a new choral director with our tour manager from the past three years. Their travels will bring them into British Columbia Canada. They're hopes for the tour involve seeing the Burgess Shale.
The Burgess Shale is a series of marine life fossils found in the heights of the Canadian Rockies. Stephen Meyer visited this location with his son and documents their experience in his recent book Darwins Doubt.
Meyer shares how the Cambrian fossils discovered at mountain heights were explained by his guide on their tour. The guide was clearly unaware of Meyer's pedigree and Meyers and his associates did not reveal their background in archeology and cell and life development. The guide carried the tour through a naturalistic explanation, purporting marine fossils discovered on the heights of mountains were a result of the evolutionary process. Meyers didn't contend the explanation, nor did his science associates on the tour, allowing the guide to explain the designed world without intelligence. Meyer's son and his friend couldn't stand it. Their questions revealed their stance, and their desire to stand for truth.
Meyer's son and his friend questioned the guide, simply asking, "Where is the evidence of gradual change?" The guide and Meyer's son's friend embarked in a question-answer volley that eventually led to Meyer giving a scientific defense for the need for a creator in the fossil record. Standing atop thousands of feet of rock and rubble, Meyers explained the power of a Creator using fossils sprouting from the boulders supporting them.
While I do not agree with everything in Stephen Meyer's explanation of the world, I appreciate his work in addressing the hard questions as an intelligent authority. It is our desire to establish this same care and authority, educating our students to have meaningful conversations in their life of significance to communicate the reality of Jesus Christ.