Drinking Deeply

Monday, December 12, 2005 at 9:32 PM

Emailboxing

An email on our fellowship list and my response:
What are your general thoughts on science, and can science go too far?
Are some things in this world "sacred" such that one must not tamper
with it?
A scientist is trained to doubt. Does that conflict with faith?
Is there something fundamentally wrong with a concept such as cloning?
Is trying to tame nature considered "playing God," or is it just playing
in our little human sandbox?
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References:

Systematic Theology - Vincent Cheung
Ultimate Questions - Vincent Cheung
Various Blogposts and articles by Gordon Clark, Gary Crampton, John Robbins, and Vincent Cheung.

(www.vincentcheung.com)

I am of the firm belief that science, by its nature grounded in inductive reasoning, is a logical fallacy. There is nothing scientifically that states that the sun will rise tomorrow simply because it has risen so many times in the past. In order to properly do science, we must come in with the right presuppositions: that nature is ordered, that there is something coherent and understandable about nature, and so on. Even with these presuppositions, we cannot arrive at any sort of "truth" using the scientific method. All science can tell us are what we tell ourselves. "I believe the sun will rise tomorrow" has as much validity as "I believe I am an orange monkey." Past performance is no indication of future action, and thus in this sense science is unable to tell us anything about the world at all.

Nonetheless, there is a need for Christian scientists and the like, not because a Christian who is equipped with the correct presuppositions will be able to arrive at truth (since the method is flawed, the end result will always be flawed), but because only a Christian can use science for God's glory, to fulfill our mandate to "have dominion over the earth."

Truth is only found one way, through the Word of God

Psalm 119:160 reads "The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever."

Christ prays in John 17:17) Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

What is this truth? The truth is simple, that God created man for His glory. Adam through his disobedience plunged man into sin, Christ came to the world to save those that God had chosen by taking their sins and their punishments upon himself and placing his righteousness upon us, and that God commands us to repent of our sins, turn around, and follow Him. If we do so, His promises are sure that He will keep us for eternity. All of this is planned out and acted through by God for His glory.

As to the rest of your questions, nothing is too "sacred" to tamper with on it's own, but some things, if improperly handled, will be of great negative effects upon one's conscience. A Christian can do proper biblical criticism, examining manuscripts to see which ones are closer to the truth, but this must be guided by the Holy Spirit in prayer, and is never of any use to those who are not.

Doubting is not a sin. Christianity, because of it's nature being about God, who is perfect and immutable, can and will withstand any and all scrutiny, in fact, is the only worldview that can do so. Faith is not about believing something even though we don't think it's true, faith is an assurance and clarity of mind that comes when God sovereignty opens our minds to understand His Word and their truth. Without faith, we are but blind beasts. Reason is not antithetical to faith; rather, reason is absolutely necessary for faith. We cannot understand how we are reconciled to God unless we understand our own sinful nature, how our works are but bloodstained rags, how we need Christ, how Christ is the only way. Why else does Christ question, "do you not understand?" Understanding is necessary to Christianity.

As to cloning, I believe Scripture speaks to the issue, but I will be honest that I have not made an informed opinion on it yet. Whatever viewpoint you hold on it, it must be informed by Scripture, because it is only in view of God that anything is deemed "right" or "wrong."

As to "taming nature," I believe most of it falls under the "dominion over all the earth." Animals, fish, and nature have no value apart from that given to it by God.

Hope this helps.

For more on "science" check out this article

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Blogger curtis said...

is this mickey? what's up man. i noticed that you've been reading vincent cheung's material--really solid stuff that has influenced much of my thinking as well. how did you discover him?  

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