In some communities, believing in science concepts that contradict literal Biblical interpretations, such as biological evolution, is anathema to being a Christian with integrity. But when community members, especially when they are educators, step in to model being passionate about both simultaneously, barriers begin to crumble and change begins to happen.
As part of Sinai and Synapses’ series “More Light, Less Heat,” Ian Binns, Ph.D. and Dr. Mark Bloom, a professor of science at a conservative Baptist university, discuss how they came to hold a belief about science and religion being in dialogue rather than opposition, and how they have become positive examples to their students, who often struggle with holding the two together.
Ian C. Binns, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Elementary Science Education in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education in the Cato College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. His research looks at how preservice elementary teachers’ scientific literacy and faith-based beliefs influence their perceptions of how socio-scientific issues, such as evolution, creationism, and intelligent design, should be addressed in the classroom. His community work includes public testimony in defense of science in Louisiana, efforts to help the science education community become more aware of attempts to undermine science instruction, and science-faith courses at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Charlotte, NC. He is a 2017-2019 Sinai and Synapses Fellow.
Here he discusses how Bible study has given him new insights into how he can reconcile religion and science in his community:
Dr. Mark Bloom is a professor of biology, natural science and mathematics at the College of Education at Dallas Baptist University. He holds a B.S. in biology from Dallas Baptist University, a M.S. in biology from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in science education from Texas Christian University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in theological studies from Dallas Baptist University and a Ph.D. In leadership studies focusing on how Christian leaders within the scientific community reconcile their religious and scientific worldviews.
Here he discusses how he reached an understanding about the role of science and religion in his life: