22 February 2006

Darwin Day


The recent coincidence of Darwin Day with Sunday gave some mainline Protestant churches the opportunity to organize Evolution Sunday. One of the main purposes of the event was to proclaim "that religion and science are not adversaries." Darwin has also been celebrated by the scientific community, as in a recent article by Jonathan Weiner in Scientific American. Al Mohler criticizes the article’s nearly worshipful tone. One can almost hear the Weiner’s voice quiver with admiration as the article describes the “imagination” and rigor of Darwin’s scientific endeavors. The criticism is well-founded: Darwin deserves about as much worship as the Beagle he rode in on.

I did wonder about this statement at the end of Mohler’s criticism:

“The truth that dawns on me is the fact that this scientist seems to be letting his adultation [sic] of Darwin get in the way of anything even close to scientific detachment.”

Here’s my question:

Does worshipping a man disqualify a person from doing science correctly?

I am certain that Mohler did not intend his statement to be reworked this way, but his words caught my attention because there is another Man that I worship. With Mohler, I accept everything this Man says, even those things which pertain to science, as indisputable. I accept what this Man says before I begin any scientific investigation and whatever the results of scientific investigation. Does that make any science that I do tainted with partiality? Am I disqualified because of my attachment to Jesus?

In the end I am convinced “that religion and science are not adversaries,” and not because they belong to two different realms, one spiritual and one material. I am convinced that they must be compatible because all true science presupposes my religion. Science is not dependent on neutrality; science is dependent on Christianity. The Christian worldview provides the only adequate philosophical basis for science, and, therefore, real science can never contradict the sayings of Jesus or any of the other Scriptures.

So worshipping a man is not what “gets in the way” of doing science correctly; worshipping the wrong man is. So my job is to celebrate Christmas and Easter everyday and to do all my observing with Jesus in mind.

(Now, of course, the reasons that science is dependent on Christianity have not been given. I have only made some [strong] assertions. I’ll save the reasons for another post. That’s what blogging is all about.)

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