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Ecclesia Reformata semper Reformanda: A convergent approach to science and theology may reinforce Scriptural authority

Andr C. Pieterse
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 36, No 1 | a1420 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i1.1420 | © 2015 Andr C. Pieterse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 03 February 2015 | Published: 20 August 2015

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Andr C. Pieterse, Department of Dogmatics, University of the Free State, South Africa


The purpose of this article is to debate the relationship between a convergent approach to the sciences and Scriptural authority. The thesis is that a multi-disciplinary convergent methodology may be beneficial in the current apologetical debate about the relevance of Scripture. This line of thought is also in compliance with the ideals of the protestant reformation. We will assess this view by investigating the possible consonance between scientific perspectives and theological confessions of what it means to be human. Subsequently the focus will shift to the impact consonance might have on the different interpretations of the creation narratives in Genesis. In conclusion, we will state the case for a convergent approach to the sciences, and the benefits with regard to Scriptural authority.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This study would not have been possible without extensive intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary research. The subject matter imposes on the researcher the necessity to make use of knowledge from across the theological spectrum. It compels the various subjects within the theological encyclopedia to take note of any new research and incorporate it. In addition, it dispels the myth that natural science and theology have little in common. From a holistic perspective on creation the need for continuous interaction between the sciences is imperative.


Convergence; Complementary; Science and religion; Scriptural authority; Human uniqueness; Genesis


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