The Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation as well as TWU's Science, Faith, & Human Flourishing Initiative Host, Myron Penner - “The Bible, Science, & Human Flourishing: Exploring the Role of Scripture in Shaping a Christian View of the World"
Conservative evangelicals are often put in positions of conflict due to their particular view of the Bible as a source of authority— conflict with others both inside and outside of the Christian tradition.
Two common flashpoints for these conflicts are (a) differing perspectives on moral issues and (b) rejections of mainstream science. In both cases, conservative evangelicals feel that allegiance to the Bible’s superior authority requires adopting what is deemed to be a “biblical perspective,” regardless of whether this results in their opposing the wider consensus.
In this lecture, Penner argues that the conservative attempt to place the Bible over other sources of authority (i.e. reason, experience, and tradition) is mistaken on philosophical, theological, and biblical grounds.
He further argues that a better way to think of the different resources Christians have at their disposal in shaping a Christian view of the world is to think in terms of “domain specificity.”
On this model, the resources of scripture, reason, experience, and tradition should each be viewed as having primary authority in a particular domain—the domain that corresponds to what that particular resource is uniquely able to illuminate.
Myron Penner began working at TWU in 2005. He completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University in 2007. Myron’s primary research areas are epistemology, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion but also has interests in philosophy of science and twentieth-century analytic philosophy.
With responses from TWU professors Kent Clarke (New Testament) and Dennis Venema (Biology).