Being open minded

Being open minded.


Dr. Sheldon Gottlieb in a lecture series at the University of South Alabama once said;


“Science is an intellectual activity carried on by humans that is designed to discover information about the natural world in which humans live and to discover the ways in which this information can be organized into meaningful patterns. A primary aim of science is to collect facts (data). An ultimate purpose of science is to discern the order that exists between and amongst the various facts.


But what many people do not realize is this:?


Many people do not realize that science was actually developed in Christian Europe by men who assumed that God created an orderly universe. If the universe is a product of random chance or a group of gods that interfere in the universe, there is really no reason to expect order in nature. Many of the founders of the principle scientific fields, such as Bacon, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, were believers in a recently created earth. The idea that science cannot accept a creationist perspective is the denial of scientific history.


Again, it was Robert H. Dott, Jr., and Henry L. Batten, in their book ‘Evolution of the Earth’ (2nd edition) who said that "Science consists simply of the formulation and testing of hypotheses based on observational evidence; experiments are important where applicable, but their function is merely to simplify observation by imposing controlled conditions".


Another quote on the subject that I came across as quoted in American Scientist v. 87, p. 462 (1999), “Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers in the preceding generation . . .As a matter of fact, I can also define science another way: Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.

Richard Feynman, Nobel-prize-winning physicist,

in The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

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For me its striking that on many occasions Christians have never made science part of their pursuit in truth, or come to understand its importance that it plays an integral part of our lives. For that is the world we live in today and is a discipline that affects all our lives. So today if I were being affective in my preaching at least, if we continue to separate science from religion, or should I say Christianity from science then we are only ourselves to blame for our down fall. Where there is a very succinct science within the whole evolution of the Christian faith based on the Word of God.


That is, if you are interested in Christianity and science you should look up John Lennox, fort one, visit his web site, listen, examine his mind and what he says about the Logos, the word of God, and you just might see how compatible science is with Christianity. If anything else it will amaze you if you are open minded that is, of how important the Word of God is to science. That is, if you have an open mind?

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