Who’s afraid of science? (has been updated)

 

Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against __________. They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see. There have been sad cases among the modern physicists. If he must dabble in science, keep him on economics and sociology; don’t let him get away from that invaluable ‘real life’. But the best of all is to let him read no science but to give him a grand general idea that he knows it all and that everything he happens to have picked up in casual talk and reading is ‘the results of modern investigation’. Do remember you are there to fuddle him. From the way some of you young ______ talk, anyone would suppose it was our job to teach!

Is Someone Afraid Of Science?
Clearly, the answer is yes.
But – who?

 

This was originally written on January 28, 2011.  Updates are in rust colored italics.

OK – it’s purple italic text above, so it’s quoted from someplace.

But I’m not going to tell you where – not yet.
Also – note there are two words that are left out.

Here’s the question. Who exactly is it that’s so afraid of science that they don’t want the truth to get out?

One might think I’m going to say that it’s Christians being talked about in the clip above. Many Christians would probably agree, too. We’re made to think that science disproves so much of what’s in the Bible.

Let me tell you a little more about the quote.
Yes – it’s from a book.
It’s from a letter – written by an uncle to his nephew – who the uncle is trying to mentor.

The uncle is an experienced worker – his nephew, in training.

The book was written in the 1940’s.
As you may have noticed by the spelling, it’s from England.

Any thoughts?

Well – it’s Uncle Screwtape – writing to his nephew Wormwood.
Wormwood is one of the “
young fiends” (second missing word),
who is learning to recruit souls for His Father Below – Satan,
being told not to use science as a “
defence against Christianity“.

The Screwtape Letters is from the 1940’s – by C. S. Lewis.

I’m not sure why so many Christians seem to be afraid of science – worried because so many scientists claim to have knowledge to disprove so many things in the Bible – especially what they call The Creation Story. Like by calling it a story and saying that it couldn’t have happened that way – then coming up with so many theories that can’t be born out – calling them scientific facts – and therefore must be the truth.

Sixty years ago C. S. Lewis warned about the ways “science” could be used – but also said that what he called “real science” would prove Christianity is true.

As Screwtape told his nephew –

They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see.

And I believe that’s exactly what we should do.

Study science – learn about it.
Just the facts – without all of the interpretative words and the assumptions that cannot be backed up.

As I continue to migrate over to WordPress, I’ll move the older articles – along with writing new ones on the latest “findings” and scientific teachings, minus the hyperbole and unfounded information.  Then we’ll see that science is really very much in line with what the Bible teaches us.

That is – very much in line except for one really big thing – Who Gets the Credit!

It’s really fascinating – how two people can say exactly the same thing, disagree on the source / origin of that thing, and come out fighting like they don’t agree at all.  For instance – take evolution.  I’ll get more into this in another post, but if you just read the sequence of animals in evolution – compare that to the sequence of animals in the Bible – and guess what.  They’re the same.  The only difference is whether or not that sequence was caused by random chance / survival of the fittest – or by divine design / God.  Science actually agrees on the order of creation as stated in the Bible.  Where the sticking point comes in has to do with how it happened – who gets the credit for what happened.

How it happened / who gets the credit.  That’s the one area where we get / have to exercise free will.  We can choose to believe it’s random.  Or we can choose to believe God did exactly as He says in the Bible.  Our choice.  Your choice.  And the reality is, the more we learn from science, the harder it is for someone with an open mind to stick to the random / survival theories.  We are learning that everything is just way too complex to be random.

So – what I’m going to try to do in a series of posts on science – is make it easier to understand the levels of complexity – the decreasing likelihood of everything not coming from God – without having to understand all the tiny little intricacies of the science behind it.  After all, as Paul wrote on Romans – 

 Ro 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

As we get “smarter”, we think that what was plain to people before us isn’t plain any more.  We know better.  That old stuff was for the uninformed / unintelligent people before us.  It’s not for us anymore.  We’ve “evolved” past the point of believing in those myths and fairy tales.

The thing is – again, if we’re open minded and honest about it – I feel like God’s telling us, by way of science – “really – you think so?  Let me show you just how complicated all this stuff really is – and then let’s see what you think.”

Disagree with me?

Well – consider this.

Remember from Job, where God said this after listening to Job and his friends for 37 chapters?

Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said:
Job 38:2 “Who is this that darkens my counsel
with words without knowledge?
Job 38:3 Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.

If you’re not familiar with Job – you’ve got to check it out.  It’s an awesome book.  Especially for those of us who like to question God.  But be prepared to have to be honest.  Because God doesn’t mind being questioned – but He does speak His mind afterwards.  As we see –

Job 38:4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Job 38:5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
Job 38:6 On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
Job 38:7 while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

Job 38:22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail,
Job 38:23 which I reserve for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle?
Job 38:24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
Job 38:25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a path for the thunderstorm,
Job 38:26 to water a land where no man lives,
a desert with no one in it,
Job 38:27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland
and make it sprout with grass?
Job 38:28 Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?
Job 38:29 From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
Job 38:30 when the waters become hard as stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen?

So, take a look at that last section – about the rain and snow and thunder and lightning.  Yes – what God told Job back then was enough for Job.  He knew that this was really God talking to Him.  And he knew that he couldn’t begin to talk back to God.

But look at us today.  We think we’re so smart for having figured out how rain falls, why snowflakes are formed, what makes thunder, and how lightning strikes.  And we think we’re so smart because of that.  But – can we make these things happen completely on our own?  Before you answer yes – think about this.  God made all of the raw materials to create the rain / snow / thunder / lightning that we see.  If we were really to create it on our own – where would we get the raw materials?  We can’t use God’s – because that would be cheating.  We have to come up with them ourselves, in order to claim that God doesn’t matter.

Oh yeah.  One more minor little problem.  Well – maybe not so minor.  God made us too.  Without Him – there’s no “us” to even try to understand, let alone create our own rain / snow / thunder / lightning / anything else.  Oops.

OK – some will agree with what I just said.  Some are screaming at me that I’m just pushing the typical Christian myth.  That’s OK.  It’s your choice.  It’s your God given free will to do just that.  All I ask – keep an open mind.  Keep reading.  Keep looking at the likelihood of the randomness required to create & sustain life as we know it.  Be honest and ask yourself if you can really continue to believe there isn’t some divine guidance involved here.  

Ask yourself one more thing too.  That has to do with what God tells us – how He tells us – and when He tells us things.  As I said – for Job, the explanation from God was enough.  Paul says that God makes things plain.  Job – that “Unintelligent” man from the past accepted a simple explanation.  Today’s “intelligent” person wants more detail.  God gives us more detail.  It comes by way of what scientists learn.  Some still don’t believe Him.  In spite of all the evidence they uncover that God must exist, they choose not to believe.  God gives more information.  Scientists learn more.  More come to believe Him.  But some don’t.  

Study On…

And don’t forget your study partner –
the Creator of – among other things – everything that science studies –
God.

And that’s the other thing I don’t understand.  I really enjoy reading and learning.  I have to believe the scientists are the same way, if not more so.  One of the things I look forward to in Heaven is learning even more.  From the ultimate teacher, in the ultimate environment.  Imagine – learning from God.  Not that we’ll ever get all of it.  Even in an eternity – there will always be more to learn.  Think about it.  God wants a relationship with us.  We’ve seen how He shows us more all throughout human history, as we’re able to absorb it.  Whether we choose to accept it or not – that’s another question.  But He’s giving it to us.  Why would that stop in the next life?  I would think that people in science would want to be able to learn more.  I do.

So let’s invite God, The Holy Spirit, our teacher on earth, to be with us on this journey through what God has made plain to us through science.

Ready?

Picture from uts.edu.au

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