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In Science We Trust

July 28, 2009

I was watching ‘Sunrise’ this morning and Kochie was interviewing a global warming scientist. Kochie raised the question that with all this talk about global warming why are there ‘scientific’ reports which deny a link between carbon emissions and rising temperatures. The interviewee replied that the sensationalist often get reported and that we should believe those who the policy makers are listening to (but he did concede that the recent report was written by a reputable scientist).2 things got me thinking.
Firstly, Christianity is often questioned by new discoveries about Jesus, be it a possible burial box or studies into which words Jesus actually said. Like global warming it is the sensational and controversial that gets reported. We need to be careful not to take our information from the fringe of scholarship.

It also made me think that rather than science replacing faith, science often requires faith. For example, anything with the word ‘theory’ in it (like the ‘big bang theory’/the ‘theory of evolution’) can’t be scientifically proven and therefore an element of faith is needed to hold to it. But even something like global warming, people, even scientists, believe different things about it. Faith/belief is required at various points.

How comforting is it that the Christian Faith is based on historical events, culminating in the person of Jesus who the vast majority of historical scholarship can attest to.

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8 comments

  1. in my essay i wrote:

    We don’t listen to Albert Schweitzer’s summary and suggestions and the uncountable man-hours represented within his pages; we prefer to listen to the likes of biologist Richard Dawkins and novelist Dan Brown. Indeed, Schweitzer timelessly noted a century ago that we so readily listen to those who generate undue noise by denying the historicity of Jesus. He too sees a generally inverse proportion between the true importance of the topic and how much public excitement it is able to generate. It is this inappropriate love for all things new combined with the unscholarly nature of the public debate that means there is so much replaying of the same arguments. Many of the arguments of Schweitzer’s 1913 Opus Magnum, which clearly explained the ‘Old Quest’ and set out the nature of ‘The Quest’, have been replayed time and again in the century since he summarised the two centuries before him. R.H. Lightfoot maligned this ignorance, saying ‘If those who pay lip-service to Schweitzer would only read him, half the unnecessary books which now get written about the New Testament would never see the light of day.’

    thanks for giving me an opportunity to show this to someone other than the marker!


  2. Amen brother!!


  3. Faith doesn’t purely stem from Christianity. Christian faith is just the religion that was followed by the most “influential” in the past. Any religion is based on historical events that could or could not have been true, with Jesus being the most common because of his “popularity”.


    • Hi Kasey, thanks for your comment.
      You’re quite right about faith not exclusively coming from Christianity and that all religions have a history and a historical origin (they had to start from somewhere). However, I think the difference with Christianity is that the historical event is crucial to its message. It is the news that God came to humanity in history in the human, Jesus, whose life, death and resurrection are the means by which we can be in a right standing before God. Most other religions are a set of teachings which could have been delivered by anyone and the message wouldn’t change. But Christianity is about the person and work of Jesus himself as the message from God. If you have time why not read of who he was?


      • ya how boring!! temme about it!!


  4. wt nonsence!!


  5. Hello
    I see you’ve written in science we believe.
    but what about your religious scriptures bible there are mistakes, lot of mistakes in it. i don wanna hurt you but should check it out.
    Thanks


  6. Hi Sadik. Thanks for the comment.
    I’ve had a look at the Bible and it’s mistakes and I’m willing to bet my life on it.
    Have you checked it out? Why don’t you, if you haven’t. You could start here:
    http://www.publicchristianity.org/Videos/historicalNT.html
    or here
    http://www.publicchristianity.org/easter_history.html



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