Faith seeking understanding

Volume editor
Nico Vorster
Volume editor
Frederik van Niekerk


How did it all begin? How do we even start to engage the differences between creation narratives in the Christian Bible and modern scientific theory? The authors of this book explore hermeneutic approaches and developments in biblical studies to set the scene for a religious approach. This approach is open to the possibility that a literalist approach to Scripture is, in fact, the most unjustifiable reading of the Bible. This may profoundly affect how we view God, the cosmos, and even ourselves. To be able to read the Bible from the perspective of an open present and future paves the way for suppressed uncertainties to be liberated. This paves the way for humankind to freely question all things without being enslaved by imposed religious dogma. This is not to say that religion has served its purpose, but it is far from it. With the rise of technological advancements come other social and anthropological problems, not to mention the challenge we face on a global scale with climate change, et cetera. Just as we dare to peek over the edge of a future without religion, the authors bring us back to the fundamental teachings of faith traditions, Christianity in particular. They remind us that the solutions to these challenges are to be found in us becoming ‘better humans’. Becoming ‘better humans’ brings us back into the arena of faith traditions. When technology may lead to social disconnection and narcissism, religion calls for love of self and neighbour. Where greed-inspired advancements threaten the future of our planet, religion teaches us to be in relationship with our environment and to be custodians of it.


  • Chapter 1
    ‘God’s most beautiful book’: A source of knowledge for theology and natural sciences
    JM Vorster
  • Chapter 2
    The biblical creation account (Gn 1) as ancient science
    Konrad Schmid
  • Chapter 3
    Evolutionary creationism and human origins
    Andrew Loke
  • Chapter 4
    Freedom to speak in tongues, even in the laboratory! Pentecostal hermeneutic encountering science
    Marius Nel
  • Chapter 5
    ‘In technology, we trust’: How did the Fourth Industrial Revolution influence theology?
    Jaco Beyers
  • Chapter 6
    Transhumanism and faith responses to science in the public sphere
    Manitza Kotzé
  • Chapter 7
    Respect for quality traditional medicine as a global bioethical principle
    Adriaan L Rheeder
  • Chapter 8
    The rational plausibility of faith as buffer against existential anxiety
    Nico Vorster


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