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ETX panel discusses Nye-Ham religion vs. science debate


Monday night an East Texas university sounded off on a recent debate that sparked a nationwide conversation about religion and science. It all started on February 4 with the debate between Bill Nye the science guy and Creation Museum founder, Ken Ham. The two tackled the question of "how old is the earth?"

Nye debated on the grounds of science and Ham based his responses on the existence of God.

Well, Monday, a panel of both theology and biology professors stated their response to the Nye-Ham debate at Letourneau University in Longview.

It's a debate the three professors tell KLTV should never have happened.

"I think some people believe there is a conflict and I think sometimes they believe that because they've been inadequately informed on one or both sides of that debate," Warren Johnson, a theology professor at East Texas Baptist University, said.

Education on both sides, science and religion, is key, he said.

"I really see no conflict," Karen Rispin, a biology professor at Letourneau University, said. "They're two different ways of knowing. Science knows by experiment and observation and scripture is special revelation from God."

Two separate, but equal, ways of understanding our world, they said.

"There is nothing that Christians have to be afraid of about the truth," Johnson said.

Both science and religion, they tell KLTV, aim for the same goal and that is to find truth. Together, they said, they can do just that.

"And in that critical thought, that analysis of both, we can find where the truth actually lies," Johnson explained.

"Every truth comes from God, no matter where it is found. Either in the bible or somewhere else, it is still from God," Wilson Cunha, a theology professor at Letourneau University, agreed.

Monday's panel was centered on understanding how science and religion can merge to create more knowledge and understanding. Both theology professors and a science professor agreed.

"I don't think that we have to look for evidences of God," Rispin explained. "They shine all around us."

As for Bill Nye the science guy, "some of the things that so deeply upset people is when Bill Nye said you couldn't do science if you believed in God," Rispin explained.

So, is there a yes or no answer to a perfect balance between science and religion?

"People of faith, Christians in particular, should always be pursuing the truth as vigorously as they can and should never be afraid of finding the truth because we believe that God is the source of all truth and if it is true, then it points to God," Johnson said.

More than one hundred students showed up to watch Monday's panel. The panelists also said science often answers the question of how, while religion tends to explain the why.

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