Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Science vs. Scripture


Whatever knowledge is attainable, must be attainable by scientific methods, and what science cannot discover, mankind cannot know. ~Bertrand Russell

Not long ago I posted on Facebook: “The idea that science alone holds all of the answers to all of life’s legitimate questions is the grandest of all deceptions. It’s ‘The Science Delusion.’” 

A Christian friend then asked: “When is science wrong? Is it wrong when it contradicts the Bible (that is, when it is rightly understood)? 

Below is my response to my friend’s query. 

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The idea—that science holds all of the answers to all of our questions (taken from my article, “Three Amigos”)—is not a commentary on the veracity of science; but on the scope of science. I am speaking to what may be termed “scientism.” (Scientism is the non-scientific notion that science—as commonly defined today—is epistemologically exhaustive. That is, all true knowledge is scientific in the sense of naturalistic.) 

That being said, I do not accept the premise of “Science versus the Bible.” 

“Science vs. the Bible” is a misnomer. The more accurate understanding is this: Certain scientists vs. certain Christians. Historically and today, some scientists disagree with some Christians. True enough. 

But we must not equate scientists with science or Christians with the Bible.  

For example, certain scientists, historically and today, disagree with other scientists. And, of course, historically and today, certain Christians disagree with other Christians. But we must not take from this that science contradicts itself or that the Bible itself is contradictory. 

Thus, if a certain scientist claims: “Miracles are violations of the laws of physics and are therefore impossible,” I would claim that that scientist is wrong. Or, if a certain Christian claims: “The Sun orbits the Earth,” I would claim that that Christian is wrong. 

In neither case would I impugn science or the Bible. 

2 comments:

  1. Excellent insight and very helpful! This is one of those things that when I read it, I said "Oh, Yeah; of course!" But - like most people - I would not have thought of it as an original thought.
    Blessings brother and thanks for this blog!

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    1. Thanks for reading and thinking, Lanny!

      Blessings to you and yours, brother.

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