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The video below is a sample from the origin module, session 1.4, Origin and Evidence Q&A, with Ravi Zacharias.  Each session has a introductory video and a question and answer video. The first two questions of the Q&A session are shown. The online and printable facilitator’s guide has sixteen sessions in the following format:

Key Concept: The concept for the session.

Passage: Bible Verse.

Verse: The text of the verse.

Objective:  The main point to be learned by the student/class.

Discussion Setup: A primer for asking the discussion questions.

Discussion Questions: The suggested questions to be discussed in class.  These questions will be asked and answered in each session’s video by an RZIM speaker.

Discussion Question Answers: A summary of the answers given by the RZIM speaker.

SMS Question: A suggested text message question for the session.  Responses can be seen live with a browser and internet connection.

Further Study: Books, CDs, DVDs, websites or other materials which will help the facilitator and student understand the topic better.

Bonus Material:  Online video or audio from RZIM’s library of content.

Terms: A list and definition of the most important terms used in a session.

In this portion of session 1.4 Ravi answers these two questions:

1. Can science prove or disprove that there is a God?

2. Why do Christians sometimes seem intimidated by science?

1. Can science prove or disprove that there is a God?

The simple answer to this question is no. Science is just one of the disciplines available for testing truth claims. Questions such as the existence or non-existence of God, the origins of the universe, or the meaning of everything we see around us are questions that bring together philosophical assumptions and statements that reach beyond any one discipline or piece of evidence. Broadly speaking, both theology and philosophy study the nature of reality and ultimate reality, while science investigates and tests the workings of the material universe. It is only in recent years that some scientists have attempted to claim science as the sole judge on matters of truth.

2. Why do Christians sometimes seem intimidated by science?

In the last decade, we have seen a trend of thinking that science is the final voice and best authority on the whole area of truth. The assumption is that scientific truth is the only truth we can know for certain. But if you think about this in terms of life and its major challenges—moral reasoning and choices, questions of love or romance—all of these day-to-day decisions are not scientific questions. These are questions that have a real bearing on our lives and yet are not testable in a material sense. But when science becomes the ultimate authority on truth, people become afraid to make any sort of claim on truth that they cannot prove in scientific terms. In reality, science is best viewed as a methodology or a tool, a helpful but not ultimate means to an end. It is only when the discipline of science is forced into the position of a worldview that it becomes problematic.

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