CAN SCIENCE EXIST
Exposing Some Myths
We live in what is sometimes called "the scientific age". A frequent criticism of Christianity that we hear all the time is: "It's not scientific" and therefore cannot be trusted. What science "proves" is to be trusted. Faith, it is claimed, is something which belongs to our dark past. But is that true?
Is science really as self-sufficient as our children are taught at school, or does it rely on certain presuppositions? And if science relies on certain presuppositions, what are they, and whence are they derived?
Science, as we know, appeared in seventeenth century Europe, quite recently in man's history. This suggests, therefore, that it is a secondary activity, in the sense that it requires certain conditions before it can begin.
To investigate these conditions we can proceed in three ways: (1) Introspectively; (2) historically, and (3) by examining what scientists have to say.
Before he can begin science, a man must have certain beliefs about the world:
- (a) That there is a world, that it is ordered, rational, contingent and intelligible to the human mind;
- (b) That it is good to study it, and to share our knowledge.
There have been many ancient cultures, often of great technical skill, but in none of them did science really develop. Why? An important start was made by the Greeks, and although their science died out, their ideas came to Western Europe through the Arab world, and were an important ingredient in the rise of modern science.
Another strong influence was the religious (Christian) belief of the Western European community. Indeed, all of the beliefs summarised above are essentially Christian.
3. Scientists' Forum
Einstein said: "Belief in an external world, independent of the perceiving subject, is the basis of all natural science. Without the belief that it is possible to grasp reality without theoretical constructions, without the belief in the inner harmony of our world, there could be no science. This belief is and always will remain the fundamental motive for all scientific creation."
Oppenheimer said: "We cannot make much progress without a faith that in the bewildering field of human experience there is a unique and necessary order."
Whitehead said: "The belief in a personal Creator is implanted in the European mind -- the inexpungeable belief that every detailed occurrence can be correlated with its antecedents in a perfectly definable manner, exemplifying general principles. Without this belief the incredible labours of scientists would be without hope. It is this instinctive conviction, vividly poised before the imagination, which is the motive power of research: that there is a secret, a secret which can be unveiled. This faith in the possibility of science, generated antecedently to the development of modern scientific theory, is an unconscious derivative from medieval theology."
What is Modern Science?
Modern science, which has either forgotten or deliberately excluded God, is therefore built on a myth. Whilst claiming to be "non-religious" it is the very opposite. Science cannot exist without faith, and faith is religion. Modern science is, in fact, a gross contradiction, since it cannot, at grass roots, be wholly objective. Whereas the scientist of old had faith in an omniscient God, the modern scientist has little more than faith in himself. Because he is himself a creature made in the image of God he is still able to be creative as God is; but what he cannot possibly understand now is the origin of all things, because what he once knew he now denies. Therefore he has invented a foolish fairy tale about a self-creating universe called "evolution" that stimulates his imagination in what is finally a totally useless quest to understand his purpose in life.
Those who have gone the whole way to discover that ultimately there is no purpose in life, and that they are therefore meaningless, today control the teaching of science in our schools and have an influence in society far out of proportion to their numbers. They are a self-deluded élitist minority who have imposed a false view on life on what is, at heart, a God-believing world. They have, with their stupid, contradictory notions, undermined morality and laid the foundation for a global society whose ultimate destiny is anarchy. The more honest of their number (like myself) have either repented of their rebellion against God, or (like Arthur Köstler) committed suicide, while the dishonest continue to deny the truth or try to compromise it by associating God with evolution, forgetting that evolution was invented to deny Him (as Huxley et al have admitted)!
When it comes to the cosmic -- trying to understand the origin of things -- atheistic science is a rather pathetic, if sophisticated, black comedy. Like a child who grows up knowing his father, to then lose contact with him and finally deny him, the atheistic scientist is trying to explain why he exists by still using the assumptions for his own science which he now denies.
That these assumptions still reside in the subconscious of the unbelieving scientist is no more made apparent than in his "accidental" use of words like "creation" when describing the universe. Refusing to acknowledge God, he substitutes the Divine Creator for such words as "Evolution": "Evolution created this animal", he might say. In so doing he proclaims his belief in a god called "evolution" which no-one can communicate with, let alone understand. It is so abstract and so empty that I cannot think of one man or woman, in their desperate hour, calling upon "evolution" to save them. Yet many atheists who, subconsciously knowing that God exists because the universe testifies of Him everywhere, deny Him openly because they will not be subject to His holy laws -- in their desperate moments, call upon Him for help anyway.
Science -- true science -- exists only because God exists and is the architect of everything we see. To say that there is such a thing as "atheistic science" is nonsense -- there is no such thing.
A Christian and Science
I am myself a scientist, educated in Oxford University to be a Biochemist and today an educator in Information Technology. I once claimed to be an "atheistic scientist". Gradually it dawned on me that evolution simply was a contradiction, that it was no more than a religious philosophy -- that it was simply irrational without a shred of direct evidence. Since becoming a Christian I have come to appreciate science for what it really is -- another, secondary evidence for the greatness of Almighty God.
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