Religion has faith. Science has theories. Which field has a better grasp of the intangible and more accurately gauges the future? Moreover which, if either, is more worthy of the attention of political leaders when they make policy decisions?
Well, a bunch of scientists think the Christians have influenced the White House and Congress for far too long and now they want dibs. The Center for Inquiry-Transnational, a nonprofit that “encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism, and society,” has initiated a lobbying (and sometimes litigating) effort to promote science-based policy to the exclusion of religion. CFI’s “Declaration in Defense of Science and Secularism” further explains how troubled they are by followers of a Higher Power:
We are deeply concerned about the ability of the United States to confront the many challenges it faces, both at home and abroad. Our concern has been compounded by the failure exhibited by far too many Americans, including influential decision-makers, to understand the nature of scientific inquiry and the integrity of empirical research. This disdain for science is aggravated by the excessive influence of religious doctrine on our public policies.
There you have it: deep-thinkers inhabit the material world, while the religious operate under a form of doltishness. Even the Washington Post bought the concept, headlining its article on CFI’s announcement, “Think Tank Will Promote Thinking.” Perhaps the newspaper would label a corresponding effort by the Family Research Council, “Faith Organization Will Promote Fantasy.”
The science community usually finds favor with the mainstream media, who have faith in the unseen only when it has to do with global warming and hurricane predictions. Their reporters (at least the one’s who occupy prime journalistic real estate) consistently hold scientific theory in higher regard than belief in a real God. Never the twain shall reconcile.
That shouldn’t come as any surprise to the God-honoring, because the Bible talks about those who think faith is unknowable and unreal. The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 2:14: “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” He also exhorted believers to “walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7). That is “foolishness” to the science establishment, as evolution proponents showed earlier this month at a forum at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif. Scientists there grieved over their inability to overcome the widespread folly of religious belief:
“Every religion is making claims about the way the world is. These are claims about the divine origin of certain books, about the virgin birth of certain people, about the survival of the human personality after death. These claims purport to be about reality.” — Sam Harris, author of The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason
“Anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done and may in the end be our greatest contribution to civilization.” — Dr. Steven Weinberg, a Nobel laureate in physics and prolific author
“I am utterly fed up with the respect that we — all of us, including the secular among us — are brainwashed into bestowing on religion.” — Dr. Richard Dawkins, Oxford evolutionary biologist and author of The God Delusion
Compare that to the foundation of Christian knowledge, explained in Hebrews 11:1-3:
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
How can faith equate with tangible evidence? Because Christians ascribe the ultimate knowledge to Someone higher than themselves. The atheist scientists, meanwhile, ascribe the greatest knowledge to what their own brains interpret from nature.
Dr. Weinberg’s quote from his book The First Three Minutes, where he says “the more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless,” has been repeatedly cited, scrutinized, analyzed, and dissected, because it encapsulates the bleak eternity that the godless face.
It’s sad that these intelligent minds look at the same world that believers do, yet fail to recognize the orderliness that demands a Creator. The nature they worship and material they observe is the proof of a Force beyond their vision and for eternal life. Yet as Paul wrote, the Spirit is absent from them and thus, hope.