2.7: Can we believe in the Bible and science?

A discussion with Alan Padgett on the nature of truth (scientific and spiritual) in which the podcasters talk about the 6000-year-old earth, the veracity of the resurrection, and the end of time.


In episode 7 of season 2, Prof. Kathryn Schifferdecker and Katie Langston talk with Alan Padgett, Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, about the question, Can we believe in the Bible and science?


Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • Genesis 1-3
  • Exodus 33
  • 1 Corinthians 15
  • Revelation/Apocalypse of John

Theologians and figures mentioned

  • Origen of Alexandria, early Christian scholar
  • Augustine of Hippo, North African bishop
  • Thomas Aquinas, medieval Catholic theologian
  • Martin Luther, German reformer
  • John Calvin, French reformer
  • Jacques Ellul, French philosopher
  • Don Carson, evangelical New Testament scholar

Topics and themes mentioned

  • Age of earth
  • Literal reading and interpretation of the Bible
  • Symbolism in the Bible
  • Propositional truth claims and the Bible
  • Creation narrative in Genesis 1-3
  • Eschatology: doctrine of the Christian hope

Historical events mentioned

  • Enlightenment
  • Fundamentalist–Modernist Controversy

Books and works mentioned

Today's Episode Hosted By

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Kathryn Schifferdecker

Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Joined by


Alan Padgett