Alexander Conflict Model

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From the day I was born until the eighth grade, I believed in the literal interpretation of the Bible. Science always fascinated me, but if there was a topic that disagreed with the words and phrases in the Bible, I would discuss with my classmates about how the scientific idea was false. I would provide an explanation showing favor to Scripture, but my explanations, in reflection, were quite poor. A state of panic would flood by consciousness if a scientific idea debunked a Biblical passage, so I would try to battle the issue based on my faith. From class discussions and Denis R. Alexander’s paper Models for Relating Science and Religion, the model that I acquired in my mind was the conflict model. Alexander states that the conflict model…show more content…
John Polkinghorne stated that both science and religion are exploring the nature of reality, but it is their respected roles in answering the questions of the universe that truly connected with my thinking process. Polkinghorne discusses the boiling kettle scenario about science appropriately answering the how questions associated with the nature of a boiling kettle, whereas, religion would provide answers to the why questions. One important characteristic of my current model is that I do not automatically place God in areas in which science currently does not have the answers for. I do not believe in an insecure God, which Roger Trigg stated as the result of adopting the “God of the gaps” approach. From reading Francis Collins The Language of God and class discussions, my fear of Darwinian Evolution have settled because of the larger elements of human life that lead to God existing. Humans’ Moral Law, the Laws of Physics, Quantum Mechanics, and the beauties seen in DNA show the beautiful results of using the complementary model (Collins). The tag team of science and religion provides the most answers to the universe we live
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