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11.28.2006

The Folly of Scientism

The age-old debate continues:

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.


Our minds and our senses are limited in their ability to comprehend the universe. The faithful respond by noting how small and humble we are compared to universe, the materialists shrink the universe down only into what they can see and explain.

I know which path I take.

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