3.1.2 Scientific Method as Tool for Faith Formation

Men reading the Koran in Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria. Erik Albers.


The goal of the philosophy of science is not to answer scientific questions, but to answer questions about science (Biologos 2017).
Can the scientific method play a role in our explorations of faith? Biologos is an excellent resource on the intersections of faith and science in the Christian tradition. This is an accessible introductory article on the philosophy of science.


Read: The Scientific Method as a Tool for Faith Formation // Biologos


Guiding Questions:
  1. How, on the author’s account, might forming hypotheses that can be tested strengthen faith?
  2. What do you think the author means when she says that many Christians are leading “divided lives”? Do you think the same holds true of Muslims?
  3. What does a “scientific method of formation” include? 
  4. Do you think the author makes a persuasive argument for applying the scientific method to faith? Why or why not?

Photo: Men reading the Koran in between two prayer times in Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria. Photo Credit: Erik Albers, 2007. CC0 1.0 Universal.