Is it possible to be highly educated in science and still be an Evangelical Christian?
I just went to see my doctor and learned that she is an Evangelical Christian. My immediate
reaction was: Huh? Although I didn't say it out loud to her, I mumbled to myself:
How is this possible? You're smart enough to be an M.D. but follow the doctrine of Evangelical
Christianity? I always thought that only science illiterate people became evangelical Christians. What is going on?
Yes, my father is one of about 20 in his field of aerodynamics in this country and is also a devout Christian in an evangelical church. He is also a liberal Democrat living in the Republican South, so he kind of breaks the mold in a lot of ways.
1. Is it possible to be a scientist and a Christian? Certainly!
Scientists who were Christians:
James Clerk Maxwell
William Henry Perkin
J. J. Thomson
S. William Pelletier
As far as being educated and also being an evangelical Christian, if you don't think it is possible, then apparently you've never done much research on evangelical Christianity. Some of the most highly educated people that I've met are evangelicals.
Evangelical Christians are the one 'actually' believe in lots of miracles reported in the New Testament (and the Hebrew Bible). For the life of me, I can't believe that educated folks believes in those miracles literally.
Miracles...just look around in your daily life and see the greatest miracles of all..life itself.
I think this question shows that, for what ever reason, there is a misunderstanding as to what "Evangelical Christian" actually means. Before His ascension, Jesus instructed His disciples to go out and "spread the word" so to speak.
To "Evangelize" simply means to preach, or to "spread the Word". Since this is a tenant of the faith, technically, all Christians are "evangelical".
As a non-Christian myself, I know several well educated, extremely intelligent Christians.
Yes, evangelical means to spread the good news. But, in America, they are conservative Christians who believe in the miracles found in the Bible. To me, that's not very intelligent at all.
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind"
~ Albert Einstein
And as for your intimation that all Evangelicals in America are "conservative", that's a blanket, stereotypical generalization, and flat out inaccurate.
Yes, of the world's population of more than six billion souls, more than two billion are Christian, being the highest population of all the world's religions. I suspect more than just a few are extremely intelligent, because they have so chosen.
The educational program for most ministerial students is quite challenging and full of the sciences. Most are well exposed to biological and physical sciences, as well as chemistry and all of the major areas in math. There is certainly the opportunity to renounce their beliefs if they so choose, yet most do not because it is heartfelt and comes from deep within their spirits. Many doctors make the choice to remain followers of their faith and quite a lot of them are Christians in these beliefs. Perhaps you might not be so badly served as being seen by a Bible reading, church going physician. I certainly would appreciate it if all of my doctors were such Christians or followers of a strong faith in their God. It would make me feel more secure in this knowledge. Being"smart" does not necessarily mean you advocate an Atheistic approach in your life. The mistaken idea that Christians are going to disappear or give up to outside pressures, is sadly a big mistake for many to make. We Christians are the strongest and most numerous in our faiths in the entire world.
Thank you for your input. My real question was: How can a scientist embrace a religion (such as Evangelical Christianity) that was founded on miracles? Thomas Jefferson, for example, renounced the traditional Christianity because of it.
I see your hub as a put down on Christians in general and not so much scientists and their beliefs, or doctors who have gone through six or more years of education, of the strictest and most thorough disciplines known to man. Reread what you write.
Indeed yes! Christian Universities - http://www.christianeducation.com/
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