I am greatly annoyed that most charismatic-type churches are happy to deny some obvious truths of science, claiming some kind of conspiracy, and giving their adherents a feeling that they alone possess the “secret knowledge”. Hence the persistent stereotype of Christians ignorant of science, preferring some kind of blind faith, is easily justified.
Enter Catez Stevens, blogger of AllThings2All (recently discovered, and much admired). She has compiled the first Science and Christianity Showcase. It’s a tour-de-force of Christian thinking about science. There are plenty of articles referenced, by topic:
- The Meaning of Life, the Universe, and Reality explores the metaphysical implications of quantum theory, a Christian view of science, scientific and Christian descriptions of reality, the value of such models to people’s everyday existence, and the anthropic principle (I exist, therefore the universe had to be created a certain way).
- Working with the Right Blueprint considers Christian approaches to science and technology. One author explores interdependencies between Science, the Bible, and sharing the Gospel. Another responds to the adversarial Christian attitude toward science, recognising science and technology as a gift. A further contributor discusses technology in the light of some Old Testament history (and a little prophecy).
- Compatibility – Is It Possible? offers a claim that Christianity made modern science possible, acting more like a friend than an enemy. Elsewhere, the Galileo vs. Church story is recast as a battle not between science and Christianity, but between God and men, or between humans (scientists v. Christians). The limits of scientific inquiry are discussed in “Why Science Can’t Prove (or Disprove) God“, and “Clueless and Proud?“.
- Science and the Fall includes articles asserting that God intended us to do science, and how the imperfections and pain found on Earth, (including infertility, autism, neurological disorders, and sexual abnormalities) are a consequence of the Fall.
- Ethical Questions tackles vexed issues such as Xenotransplants and Stem Cell treatments.
- the final topic, Sharing the Knowledge, proposes a quantum leap in publishing scientific journals, via online collaboration tools.
A couple of pertinent quotes [via philbaker.net]
The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.
Martin Luther King Jnr:
The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.