Science and Faith
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.