Today’s reflection, Science and Faith, is based on Genesis 1 and is contributed by Trevor Thorne who has also provided the poetry and a music link. We conclude with the prayer of the week.
Our reading, The Book of Genesis, Chapter 1, Verses 26 to 30
26 Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’
27 So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ 29God said, ‘See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so. 31God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
A Reflection, Science and Faith
Some of you will know that for the last couple of years I have been working towards collecting and writing children’s songs about God and Science. Had coronavirus not intervened, a book of just over 30 songs called Sing of God and Science would have been published by Kevin May during last month.
When we first organised a small group to draw the songs together, one of the educationist scientists expressed her enthusiasm for the project by explaining that these days most children who move from Primary to Secondary education have already accepted the view that science and faith are incompatible. So for her a publication which challenged that concept could be very useful, especially in Church Primary Schools (of which there are more than 5000)
We will have to see what happens within the next few months at Mayhews but it is not hard to envisage that they will be concentrating on survival rather than breaking new ground.
This reflection in verse is the song in the collection that most relates to the dilemma of needing to reconcile the Biblical and the scientific versions of creation. Since there can be no collective singing at the moment, I offer it merely as a poem – but if in time we can sing together again, the tune is ‘Tyrol’ which is the tune to ‘A Man there Lived in Galilee in Hymns Old and New and Affirm Anew The Threefold Name in Common Praise.
The Bible starts with awesome tale,
Creation in six days,
And then God rests, encouraging
A day set by for praise.
The marvellous story then goes on
Within a garden fair,
Where Eve and Adam struggle to
Resist the serpent’s dare.
These tales are all by Wisdom shaped,
The Ancients taught them well,
How at God’s Word creation sprang
And human beings ‘fell’.
Today we know God’s shown us that,
There’s further learning still;
A whole cosmos from nothing came
Through God’s almighty will.
It grew from minute particles
To stars and galaxies,
And planets formed round mighty suns:
Life came out from the seas.
Amazing grace! Now brains and faith
and science help us see,
God’s blessings on this wondrous path,
and love for you and me. © Trevor Thorn
Trevor Thorne, 3rd July 2020
Now, today’s music … Please click on this link
Prayer of the week
you have broken the tyranny of sin
and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father:
give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service,
that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.