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Modern physics and ancient faith stephen m barr many christians struggle with reconciling what modern scientists say about the origin and nature of the world with what the scriptures tell us. Q what is your background in science in religion dr barr i received my phd in physics from princeton in 1978 since 1987 i have been a professor at the university of delaware. Physics from the ancient greek physis meaning nature is the fundamental branch of sciencethe primary objects of study are matter and energy physics is in one sense the oldest and most basic academic pursuit its discoveries find applications throughout the natural sciences since matter and energy are the basic constituents of the natural world. Introduction the popular image of the relationship between science and christian faith is one of antagonism conflict and even warfare by contrast i will attempt to show that despite some episodes of tension the overall relationship between science and biblical theism has been largely cooperative and fruitful