Arthur Schawlow Quote

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My latest meme of people way smarter than me attesting to the concept that science is understandable because of God, not in spite of Him. If we are made in His image, then the way he designed everything should make sense to us.

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Sir Francis Bacon Quote

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Mmmmmmm, bacon

According to 100 Years of Nobel Prize (2005) a review of Nobel prizes award between 1901 and 2000 reveals that (65.4%) of Nobel Prizes Laureates, have identified Christianity as their religious preference (423 prize). Overall, Christians have won a total of 78.3% of all the Nobel Prizes in Peace, 72.5% in Chemistry, 65.3% in Physics, 62% in Medicine, 4% in Economics and 49.5% of all Literature awards.
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Arthur Holly Compton Quote

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My latest meme of people way smarter than me attesting to the concept that science is understandable because of God, not in spite of Him. If we are made in His image, then the way he designed everything should make sense to us.

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Antony Hewish Quote

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My latest meme of people way smarter than me attesting to the concept that science is understandable because of God, not in spite of Him. If we are made in His image, then the way he designed everything should make sense to us.

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(un)Biblical Archaeology

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Red Sea: Archaeologists Discover Remains of Egyptian Army From the Biblical Exodus

Recently I have seen this article popping up on numerous social sites from a variety of sources. At first I was disappointed in the gullibility of my fellow Christians to accept this whole-cloth without taking the time to research it. I can understand the excitement of apparently finding more hard evidence of events described in the Bible, but I was shocked at the eagerness to accept something so fantastic without a hint of skepticism. This website doesn’t try to hide that it is a satire site. A few minutes examination of the site will lead you to their disclaimer.

Every time I saw this pop up I became more and more saddened, until I started noticing something. Inevitably, within a few comments, this article was revealed to be fictitious. Even if the poster did not realize this the other Christians reading the post were quick to point this out. Instead of starting a fight this lead to a realization of the truth for the poster. Instead of dogmatically sticking to an untruth because they liked the way it sounded, they accepted correction and thanked the commenter for setting them straight. This actually renewed my faith in my fellow Christians, that they would be excited about a new find, but willing to accept correction.

This is in stark contrast to many anti-theist articles I have seen posted that celebrate myths like the un-historicity of Jesus, that the Bible is the umpteenth interpretation of an interpretation of an interpretation, Alexander’s Nicean canonization of the books of the Bible, or the ever-popular Mithra comparison. These people seem to revel in their ignorance and flatly refuse to accept any refutation, even ones offered by secular scholars. They seem to trust the Da Vinci Code more than any Princeton history professor. These are suppose to be the “enlightened” ones, the “brights”, the skeptical ones that refuse to accept anything that science can’t prove, yet they dogmatically repeat these myths that have been refuted time and time again, without bothering to research the claims themselves.

To all the Christians out there, embrace your skepticism! Don’t be afraid to “test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thes 5:21).

To all the skeptics out there, be skeptical of your skepticism! Don’t’ automatically accept something as fact just because someone you may admire or trust tells you it’s true. The Bible says of those who suppress the truth, “claiming to be wise, they became fools” (Rom 1:22).

The truth is out there.

It will set you free.

Johannes Kepler Quote

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“The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours out speech,

and night to night reveals knowledge.”

Psalm 19:1-2

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Arno Penzias Quote

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It seems that a large number of astronomers have been convinced of God by studying His creation.

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Joseph Edward Murray Quote

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Prayer is only one way to gain healing. Studying God’s world and gaining knowledge about it is another.

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Sir Ronald Ross Quote

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Nuff said.

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Scientific Philosophy

oOl7EzDuring an exchange on an earlier blog post the person I was talking to kept bringing up a concern that Biblical concepts should not be taught in school. This was repeated several times even though it was not what the exchange was about, and I had not said anything indicating that I was for it. It seemed to be a major concern to this individual, so I assured her that I was not advocating it, though I didn’t bother to elaborate. I have given it more thought since then, and have decided to share some of the conclusions I came up with.

First of all I would not want to force someone who does not share my beliefs, or who may even oppose them, to be responsible for teaching my kids about those beliefs. It would be too easy for a non-believer to misrepresent them inadvertently, or for someone in opposition to use the opportunity to attempt sabotage. There are too many nuances to various Biblical concepts to entrust someone who has a fundamental disbelief to represent them correctly.

The correct place to learn about the Bible is within a body of Christians, people who share these beliefs and hold them sacred. A school teacher simply assigned the task of passing along these doctrines, without any real conviction, would not be able to do the subject the same justice as someone who has had a life changing experience because of them. The proper place for detailed instruction in things like meaning and purpose is in the home, or in the church.

The bottom line is that these things are of a metaphysical nature, and have no place in a physical science classroom. Given that, I will go one step further and purpose that some things that are currently taught in the classroom are also in this category and should be removed from the science discussion. For instance, to say that evolution is unguided and without purpose is just as out of place as claiming that God directed it (please understand that I am not claiming any stance on the evolution issue, I am just using it as an illustration). Science cannot speak to the issues of purpose or meaning, either for or against. Science can only speak to what happens in the physical world. To say that there is no objective meaning is to make a philosophical claim, not a scientific one. Methodological naturalism may be a necessary presumption for testing and discovering the mechanisms and laws of the natural world, but to assign a lack of meaning or causal agent is to enter into the realm of metaphysical naturalism, a philosophical stance closely related to scientism, the belief that science is the only way to access truth. It is so common to hear scientism equated with science nowadays that people have been conditioned to never doubt it, or even give it a second thought.

Stop and think about it. How can you scientifically prove that there is no meaning to life? What sort of test could you perform? How can you scientifically test the statement “Science is the only way to find truth”? Science should be ontologically neutral, as it can only speak to the bald facts. When you begin making truth claims you enter the province of philosophy.

Science is a wonderful tool, but that is all it is. It has its limitations. It can tell you what synapses in my brain are firing right now, but it cannot tell you what I see in my mind’s eye. It can tell you of the physical effects that happen to me when I look at my children, but it cannot quantify the love I feel when I see them. It cannot calculate the beauty you see when looking at a great painting, or measure the pleasure you experience listening to a favorite song. It cannot prove the rules of logic, or the use of numbers, as they have to be presupposed in order for science to work. It cannot answer the age-old questions of “Why am I here?” or “What is my purpose?”, or even tell you that the questions have no meaning.

I agree that theology has no place in the science classroom, but neither does scientism.

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