Okay, it’s a Saturday and this post title is a bit tongue-in-cheek, having some fun with a popular 80’s tune, but there’s a point to my pun. I want to encourage Christians who are being bullied by aggressive anti-Christians who go on Christian blogs to “blind them with science.”
They will tell you that you believe in ancient superstitions and magic, no more believable than believing in a flying spaghetti monster. After all, science has disproven “God.” There is no more need for your primitive and irrational mythology. Science has enlightened us superior beings from our darkened ignorance and has replaced God, taking its rightful role of helping us understand all valid reality and knowledge.
“I can smell the chemicals
Blinding me with science, science
(from “She Blinded me with Science” by Thomas Dolby)
A case in point: A guy that goes by the YouTube moniker “Mathoma” talks about how he was dazzled by the pop science books of the New Atheists Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris as a teenage, and soon became an atheist under their influence.
One of the points Mathoma makes (in a different interview) is that at the time he read the New Atheist’s books he was basically philosophically illiterate so he wasn’t insolated against that sort of rhetoric. Fortunately, he kept studying and thinking and eventually came out of the confusion and escaped atheism. He now puts together some great videos on explaining classical theism.
The Limits of Science
Science is a great tool as long as one uses it properly. And something you should know is that science neither accepts nor denies the possibility of the supernatural, as former Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Eugenie Scott, said:
“Science neither denies nor opposes the supernatural, but ignores the supernatural for methodological reasons.”
Furthermore, as Nobel Prize winning biologist Sir Peter Medawar said, we must acknowledge that there are “questions that science cannot answer and that no conceivable advance of science would empower it to answer.” (“The Limits of Science,” p.66)
These people have a refreshingly clear-eyed view of the purpose and limits of science. Unfortunately, this is not the case with a lot anti-Christians. Theirs seems to be more the secular “religion” of scientism.
It seems to me that some have simply switched from dogmatic Christian fundamentalism to a dogmatic scientistic fundamentalism.
Here’s a short clip with biologist Praveen Sethupathy, Assistant Professor UNC School of Medicine, where he talks about the limits of science and the nature of biology. As a biologist, Sethupathy talks on the video about the question, “Are we more than our biology?” by sharing three lessons that he has learned:
- Biological science is very rarely about proof (like with mathematics or deductive logic), rather it’s more about accumulating evidence toward a reasonable, compelling, or likely explanation. It’s often more imprecise than people think it is.
- Biological science is constantly self-correcting and almost never closes the door on a possibility, even if it happens to defy present assumptions.
- Some questions that have arisen from work in genetics cannot be addressed by tools in genetics or biology.
Sethupathy goes on to say that we have to be careful not to extend the purview of science to beyond what it’s capable of addressing. The important point is that science does not constrain us to only look to science in search of our identity. Here’s the clip:
Bernardo Kastrup also talks here about the limits of science, addressing the “extraordinary aspects of reality that science cannot explain.”
The bottom line is this: science can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God. So don’t let the roving despisers of Christianity buffalo you with science (or worse, scientism). Science and God are not necessarily incompatible. After all, we believe that God endowed humankind with the ability to discover His creation using science in the first place.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 NKJV)