And, as I have said, "There's probably more faith in honest doubt, than in dishonest belief." I've heard, as you, a few pastors who preach with such a naive disregard for modern theological scholarship and/or the impact of science.
Hear the World Council of Churches sobering statement: "Large numbers of people in both the East and West are convinced that modern man has outgrown religion altogether. A new kind of secularism has developed which considers the Christian faith as out dated and unintelligible. Any real concern about God is disregarded as irrelevant."
I, with you, have listened to pastors preach on creation, the Genesis story and omitted completely the brilliant minds of research, mass scientific evidence, discoveries of recent years. Their remarks are "we've nothing to fear, scientists are always changing their minds, contradicting their own theories, and that the church will survive and weather the storm of science."
Well, if you had gone with me with a group of ministers to Michigan State University to hear the "Bishop's mission to campus," you would have heard as I did, over and over again from students, "I want to believe, but I'm not sure what I can believe anymore."
These are kids brought up in Christian homes, our Sunday schools, but are now confronted with honest doubt.
My message to those troubled by doubts about faith? (a) Throughout my ministry, I've always said to my congregations, "If you have a faith that is meeting your needs, never, never give it up unless you have something better to replace it."
(b) I learned when I was a young zealot at Bible college, that you can't argue another into believing what you believe. I once stood on the street arguing with such a person for two hours, going nowhere, both of us leaving with accomplishing nothing. I vowed that day, never, never argue religion. And I have never argued religion since!
(c) In a deeper look at science you quickly discover its limitations. It's simply not sufficient to explain all of life. Examples are legion: Science can split an atom, but can't resolve the problems or tensions, fears, it has created. It can build a house, modernize it, but can't make a home of love, caring, or the redemption from self-centeredness that destroys so many homes.
Science can produce penicillin for the healing of our bodies, but can't produce the needed medicine of broken spirits, or heal hearts, homes, of the cruel wounds inflicted by hateful words, angry lashings out!
St. Paul said, "I'm a debtor to Jews and to the Greeks." I too am indebted to both my Christian faith and the disciplines of science. We need them both. The university -- and the church. The class room and Christ.
Yes, science has made our lives easier, but we need faith and the indwelling presence of God's love in our hearts, that can make our lives so much richer, happier!