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Science and Faith

Updated on August 20, 2014
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I am a Christian pastor who wishes to bring glory to God in all that I do, and to help people through my writing to know Him better.


Science Without Faith

It was Martin Luther King Jr. who said: "Our Scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men." The truth is, there have been so many advances in technology in the past hundred years that it boggles the mind. However, our moral capacity to use this technology in a way that is God honoring has not kept up.

I. Entertainment and News Media

Television, movies and the internet are just a few examples of this phenomena. Sin is celebrated throughout the various entertainment and news media forms, and we don't know how to blush anymore. Nothing is sacred. Sex has been cheapened to the point that it is seen as no more than an animalistic urge that must be fulfilled at all costs. As a matter of fact, there are more sex sites on the internet than any other type of site.

Very few movies today are made that don't have some form of violence in them. What is good is seen as bad, and the bad is looked upon as good. And our society is paying dearly for it as the family, the foundational institution of our society, is falling apart.

II. Health Care

We have made miraculous strides in health care over the past several years. There are cures for things today which were only dreamed of a century ago. We are extending life more than any time in recorded history, apart from ancient biblical times. And yet we are fighting today over when life begins. And some are arguing if euthanasia might not be best for those who are elderly and terminally ill. This is a sad commentary on a society that has cheapened the very life that science is seeking to understand and aid.

Once again, morality is thrown out the door, as scientific technology is advancing, allowing us to control who is born and who dies.

III. Science by Faith

In the past, many men of Science were men of great faith. In fact, it could be argued that modern Science could not have developed, except for the fact that the scientists believed that there was an orderly universe, created by an intelligent God who was in control of it all.

An example of this is Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543). He was an polish astronomer who became famous for putting forth the first mathematically based system of planets going around the sun. Copernicus may be considered the first astronomer of the Scientific revolution. He believed that God was personally responsible for all of the activities in the heavens.

It was Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1627) who is credited with establishing the scientific method of inquiry which was based upon experimentation and inductive reasoning. Far from being an atheist, he was just the opposite. He actually rejected atheism as being a result of insufficient philosophy. Here is Bacon in his own words:

"It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion; for while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further; but when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate, and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity."

We could go on, but needless to say, the more we study the history of science, the more we see that modern day scientific study would not be here at all apart from men of deep faith in God.


What we need today is to give up our recent idea that true scientific inquiry is divorced from morality and religious faith. Without these things, science becomes a monster that destroys the very civilization from which it has derived. We need to heed the words of Albert Einstein who said:

"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."

Let it be the prayer of every devout Christian that once again there will be more men and women of faith who seek a scientific career, joining a proud profession begun by people of faith. And through this they can add a voice of reason and morality back to this profession which has lost it's way.


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      Jeff Shirley 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      I agree with much of what you say. Science is indeed important. But I disagree with you that there can be a spirituality that will do anything other than harm a person and a society unless it is a spirituality that embraces the one true God.

      Many societies in the past could have been called spiritual, but their morality was anything but good.

      Look at India before the coming of the missionary, William Carey, for instance. It was a Hindu society, with a belief in many gods. They taught that people had to go through reincarnation over and over again until they finally got it right and ended up in Nirvana.

      This same society had a caste system. They didn't care about the poor, because the poor got there through what they did in their past lives.

      They also had Sati, or the burning of wives along with their dead husbands. They had infanticide and child marriage which amounted to what we'd consider child molestation today.

      It wasn't until Carey and others came there that this culture began to transform. And their major weapon was the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today it is getting more and more away from the transfromation of Carey's time. And some are praying that some of these atrocities won't return.

      You can't tell me that a society without the Gospel won't eventually have euthanasia. Many cultures, in the past without the Gospel have had terribly inhumane things happen. And I have no doubt that as America gets farther away from their Judeo-Christian roots, it will happen again.

      By the way, there are some groups today that are promoting that pedophilia be made legal since homosexuality is being accepted in our society. After all, they were born that way too.

      We are in the beginning of a slippery slope that will lead us to things unheard of in our 21st century society, but were common before the coming of Christ. We need a revival soon, or we will see it in our lifetime.

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      d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Well written and thought provoking article. And mostly it is true. But there are many great scientific minded people who have a profound belief in the spiritual aspect of our being.

      It is not exclusively religion that compels us to be moral and upright, considerate and kind, or loving and accepting of others. It is the upbringing of children into an unrealistic religious atmosphere that causes them to turn away from those beliefs when they realize how silly and illogical those beliefs really are.

      Morality should be taught without indoctrination into fairytale belief systems. Spirituality should be taught as part of the human experience. We tend to confuse the values that we teach our children and the values that make a person moral and just. (discrimination versus logical discernment)

      In many ways science and religion enhance one another. Neither can exist without the other, but the problem is the lack of the ability to equate one with the other in a 'spiritual' manner.

      The two major problems contributing to our societal degradation is allowing the few greedy and self serving to rule our lives and/or blindly embracing religious dogma that denies humanity the right to think for itself.

      The best summation is the Einstein quote. "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."

      I doubt there will ever be euthanasia mandated by government, or any other decree, but i do believe people have the right to decide when enough is enough when it comes to terminal suffering from an incurable disease.

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      sheilamyers 4 years ago

      You're welcome GodTalk.

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      Jeff Shirley 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      I would say that most of the people who promote euthanasia would not want someone telling them that they are no longer worthy to be kept alive. Things seem to change when the person is you, or a member of your family.

      Thanks sheilamyers for your comments.

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      sheilamyers 4 years ago

      Great Hub and very well stated! I've spoken with a few people who advocate euthanasia for the elderly and terminally ill, but they've never answered the one question I've asked them that I think is important. So I'd like to throw this out there in case any of those people read your hub and the comments.

      If you truly believe the very old and the terminally ill (and I'll add severely handicapped) should be euthanized, will you allow the same thing to be done to you if/when you ever fit into one of those groups?

      Thanks for your great hub GodTalk. I'm with you 100% that we need more people in science who have a high enough moral code to use science for good instead of evil.

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      Jeff Shirley 4 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks MsDora. Secular humanists have taken over the scientific world, for the most part. We do have a few believers in that field, but they are fighting an uphill battle. We need to keep those scientists in prayer who are trying to bring glory to God in the scientific community.

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      This article is profound! We have advanced up the scientific ladder, all the while behaving as if we got there on our own. Would to God that science students would heed your plea! Great job.