Science And Christianity

I’ve been on a science kick lately. I read some Isaac Asimov and am now reading a book on the founding of the Royal Society, a group of guys who got together to do science. I just got a few more books from the library today on Leonardo Da Vinci.

I do not have a scientific mind, I get the ideas but have no clue how to explain them nor do I have the patience to study stuff in such detail. One of the stunning things about science is how recent most scientific discoveries have been made.

A guy in the 1600’s proposed that the moon has craters because it had a molten center and lots of volcanic activity. It was until the late 1900’s that they found out the craters got there by stuff hitting the moon.

I find this interesting on at least two fronts:

1) Beware the desire to state things with certainty! Scientific theories need to be tested over many years before they become laws. The Scientific Method is a great tool and should be used liberally.

2) Beware the desire to knock certain things because they are new. This is a favorite critique of dispensationalism, “it’s so new it can’t possibly be true.” Not so my friend, dispensationalism was around 150 years before we knew the moon’s craters weren’t volcanic!

3) Beware the deception of science that can cloud reason just as much as emotions, politics, finances or anything else. Scientists frequently have to amend the past as they continue to learn. Sticking with a point that is no longer true only leads to tragedy.

Science has its place, it is not the enemy of God, it is further revelation of God and His character, endeavor to keep it in its place.

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called” 1 Timothy 6:20

4 thoughts on “Science And Christianity”

  1. Actually, dispensationalism has been around for about 6,000 years. Paul talked about it extensively 2,000 years ago. It’s just in the past 200 years that a few people have begun to understand it.

  2. I would agree but have found that those who critique dispensationalism disagree with your statement so I don’t even bother to try to push that side of it anymore.

  3. I recommend “The God of Hope and the End of the World,” by John Polkinghorne, not only because I think it is a great title, but because it is an excellent book about…well, what the title says.

    The author is a well-known nuclear physicist, as well as a professor of theology from Oxford (the college in England, not the town in Ohio). Even so, he has some interesting ideas and I enjoyed his book a good deal.

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