Can’t “Science” and “Faith” Just Play Nice

I sometimes wonder why Christians feel the need to undermine scientific inquiry.  Science, when functioning genuinely as science, is a beneficial means of solving problems.

Believers are appalled when non-believers caricature the group because of the mistakes of a few.  I, for one, bristle at the notion that all Christians are mindless, superstitious, stooges.  However, I am aware that some Christians are likely thoughtless and ignorant about their beliefs and the reasons for those beliefs.  Is Christianity, therefore, an irrational myth created to assuage personal guilt and provide non-existent security?  Of course not.  It would be truly hypocritical (i.e., not Christ-like), then, to judge science by the faults of a few (or even many) scientist.

Science functions particularly well when playing by its own rules;  coming to tentative conclusions based on observations and reproducible results. Science is clearly a tool and not an absolute truth.  When science attempts to make truth claims that require faith rather than evidence, it has overstepped its bounds.  Rather than throwing the baby out with the bathwater, however, one must be careful to distinguish bad science from all science.  In the same way, a believer must distinguish bad theology from all theology.

The scientists have given [man] the impression that there is nothing he cannot know, and false propagandists have told him that there is nothing he cannot have.

— Richard M. Weaver, Ideas Have Consequences

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