Faith and Science: More Similar Than You’d Think
By Dr. Wrenn Wooten | July 9, 2019
Guest blogger and member of our St. Philip’s church family, Dr. Wrenn Wooten shares his thoughts on Faith and Science in the final installment of our blog series “Discovering How Faith and Science Work Together”.
What do you love about science?
I love understanding how the world works and using that to help people. I really enjoy being able to make a prediction based on scientific principles and watch it come true. Scientific understanding just makes your life richer, in the same way, that knowing about art or music enhances appreciation of those pursuits.
How do you integrate your faith with your scientific pursuits?
As far as how I integrate my faith with my scientific pursuits…what needs integrating? Science and religion are so similar in so many ways!
They both involve a quest to understand something fundamental and useful.
They are both experiential. Why discount powerful experiences of God by billions of people on the planet as somehow less of an experience than measuring the density of water? Both science and religion are also subject to misinterpretation colored by our own biases at a given point in time.
Speaking of time, the arrow of time is common to both. God is revealed in time just as scientific discovery proceeds in time. Parenthetically, both science and religion generally regard their understanding as maturing with time.
They both require some degree of faith. Science uses a lot of faith (known in science as assumptions) in what it does, just like religion.
The stakes are high in both. Science and technology have the potential to enhance or destroy God’s creation while religion provides the hope of everlasting life.
Wrenn Wooten, MD, PhD went to the University of the South as an undergraduate. He attended graduate school at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where he earned his doctorate before doing a postdoctoral fellowship in chemical physics at UC Berkeley. After a stint as a biophysics professor, he attended Vanderbilt University for his MD and now practices radiology in DFW. He lives in Plano with his wife Kimberly and four children Robert, Elizabeth, Katherine, and Mary. They have been attending St. Philip’s since 2015.