The belief that a supreme being exists and reigns superior over all living creatures is religion. While religion leads people to worship their personal God or gods, the practice centers on the relationship between an individual and a supreme being. With this, ideas about the relationship between science and religion may both undermine each other.
Torrey Fingal started a challenging journey towards uniting people amongst every nation through science and religion. Torrey Fingal is the founder of “Black, Saved & Smart.” It is an avenue for its members to express themselves and empower members that they can be Black, brilliant, and Christian.
In college, Torrey met individuals who viewed religion as something dangerous to the black community. A Chemistry major in college, he met these people in his Philosophy, History, and Sociology classes. Some people believed that science was antithetical to religion. A massive chunk of the population thought that if one believes in science, one could not be a Christian. Similarly, if one is a Christian, one could not be pro-black.
Black, Saved, and Smart aim specifically towards the empowerment of African-American intellectual believers. They have come up with two specific goals. First, to empower Christians to engage their critical thinking skills to approach the Bible and social issues. And second, to dismantle the selfish, Americanized version of Christianity being taught in our country. The former focuses on encouraging each other to speak their minds and be informed of what is currently happening. And the latter focuses on practicing the art of selflessness in service to others.
While most churches, pastors, and religious leaders tend to discourage critical thinking skills in their parishioners, Black, Saved, and Smart encourage it. They seek to empower Christians to explore societal and cultural issues through the lens of their intersectionality without fear of judgment or reprisal.
Topics such as “Why I’m Both Christian and Mad as Hell (and that’s okay),” “It’s Okay to Question God,” “Don’t Turn Off Your Brain in Church,” and “Is God Really a Male?” They are also in the process of launching a bi-weekly social media show called “Here’s What Really Happened” that will seek to place popular Bible stories in their proper historical context for further discussions.
One of their blog posts, “It’s Okay to Question God,” delves into how a person’s life could sometimes be challenging. One might be caught in awful situations. And this is where one begins to question God.
A generation of Christians who have been told not to question God or authority has led to Christians who have allowed their faith to atrophy, unable to look critically at texts or have challenging conversations because of the norms passed on to us.
In the end, we are reminded that God loves everyone. Questioning the Lord does not make a person unfaithful. In reality, it implies that an individual doesn’t have the answers, but they trust that God does. To know more about Black, Saved, and Smart, check out their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.