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Science vs. Religion

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 4 comments

It started with philosophy. Man’s determination to explain everything. Philosophy attempted to diminish religion with rationalization and logic. Philosophy still exists, but so does religion, it was a failed attempt. When I speak of religion I am usually referring to Christianity. With the Enlightenment came science and that became the authority for truth.

Science is the authority for truth in the secular world and more specifically the academia. People seem to think that it is the be all end all of answers, yet it is constantly changing. In addition, there is as much faith put into science as Christianity. There is a reason evolution is called a theory, because it cannot be proven.

Some Christians want to merge their faith with science. There are numerous ones I am sure you have heard of some. While claims in the Bible have not been proven incorrect by science thus far, I would caution people to not conform to this practice. There are a few reasons why I believe this: (1) If you are matching claims of the Bible to science, you are giving science the authority and ultimately questioning the Biblical claim. (2) As I said before, science is changing. Some things that were thought before are not viewed the same way. If we give into comparing science they might claim to discredit the Biblical claim and that scientific claim could be changed years later. (3) This could also be reversed. A Christian might think they have a scientific reason for a Biblical claim. We do not know if it was simply divine intervention. That answer could be disproved and bring discredit to the Bible. (4) Evidence is not required for belief in God and anyone who focuses on evidence shows lack of faith.

I am not against science. I hold the Bible as the ultimate authority. I am not going to subject God’s infinite wisdom with our finite knowledge. My suggestion is that if science is making a claim against the Bible, use science against science. For example, the big bang theory goes against the law of circular momentum. All the planets rotate the same way except for one. Things like this help remind people that science requires just as much faith as Christianity. There are extremists on both sides. Some that say there is a logical scientific reason for all events and then there are others that will say natural disasters are a result of God’s anger. We should all continue to be educated, but realize that we will never in this lifetime understand everything.

4 comments: to “ Science vs. Religion so far...

  • Layneh August 28, 2007 at 10:42 PM

    "It started with philosophy." Gotta stop yah right there, it started with science, not philosophy.

    Like many issues Christians face, we need to understand that their is a middle ground, and on this topic, I believe that middle ground is adaptation.

    Science is good, however if taken to extreme, it can have poor effects. Thats not to say that ALL of science is bad.

    When it comes to issues like such, its always wise to not get caught in extremes.

  • Anonymous August 28, 2007 at 11:35 PM

    Here, here Layne. (Note: I actually like philosophy; very akin to religion.)

  • Craig August 29, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    I am refering to the philosophy that challenges Christianity. Such as the philosophers Paul encountered in Athens. Acts 17:16-34

    And philosophy challenged religion long before science.

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