ICYMI: Matthew Harrison, “Concerning the Six-Day Creation”
As we continue to develop resources related to the creation debates within Evangelicalism and a “Lutheran option” to those debates, Matthew Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, has offered some good theological reflections on Genesis 1 and the six-day creation. I am especially grateful for the pastoral concern that President Harrison expresses regarding the faithful Christian scientists who wrestle with these issues about faith and science as he himself has done. As he puts it:
“And many Christian scientists have and will continue to make arguments based upon their best scientific inquiry to defend the historicity or the very reasonable possibility of the Bible’s accounts being true. That’s called apologetics. More power to them. As Lutherans, we are not anti-science.”
In my own personal interactions with many of these Christian scientists—brothers and sisters in the faith—they have deeply appreciated the support, conversation, and collegiality we can show them as pastors and theologians.
Like President Harrison, I find it helpful to frame these debates within the context of the relationship between “faith and reason.” When framed in this way we can see that there is a long history to this debate and that we can glean guidance from our tradition in navigating the relationship between faith and reason that includes living with the scandal of the cross and the mystery of a world that we did not create.
You can read President Harrison’s reflections in full at the LCMS blog. It also appears in the most recent issue of Lutheran Witness.