The Religion of Scientists
This file has all the sections listed below…I highly recommend you read both the introduction and the article “Scientists and their gods” by one of the top theoretical chemists of our day first. Then the others as you have time.
EVOLUTION DEFINITION: In this article, “evolution” will be referring to macro-evolution…the idea that one kind of animal can evolve into a completely different kind of animal over millions of years…for example from a cat to a lion or a deer to a giraffe. Micro-evolution, small variations within specific boundaries of a species, has been observed many times and is not disputed by any scientist whether religious or atheist.)
The last century has seen many major theories sweep our planet in politics, religion, science, medicine and other areas. One major area of debate in science has been between the theories of evolution and creation, between the theory that life has been created by chance and the idea that life was carefully designed. Throughout history, there have been many times that the majority view has been wrong, but that not many have known it because the majority view controlled the press and information and what was expressed from the official sources. This can easily be proved to be true today in many areas as well. The majority view of any period of history usually tries to exclude views that oppose it.
The polish philosopher Alfred Korzybaski (1879-1950) wrote, "There are two ways to slice easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking."
A lot of people fall into this trap. They either become completely skeptical and doubt everything completely, or they just believe without any evidence and depend completely and solely on faith. Both ways mean they don’t have to honestly evaluate the evidence and problems with their own worldview. Thus these ways of believing are an excuse to avoid honesty and truth. But, as usual, the truth is something that lies between the extremes and takes a lot of trial and error to discover with both sides making lots of mistakes.
In the debate between creation and evolution, it has also happened…many just dismiss religious thought automatically and apriori. Some others dismiss science automatically at the slightest conflict with their own beliefs. But both sides have had to admit that they were wrong (this doesn’t mean that the Bible has so far been proven in error…but many times people’s opinions and theories about it have been.)
But, many of the top scientists in the world, and many with Nobel prizes in science even currently are strong believers in the creation of the world by an intelligent and personal God even though they don’t have all the answers yet. They analyze and investigate carefully trying to figure out the things that they don’t understand. They don’t depend only on science or only on belief. Rather, they try to work with them together. And as they search deeper and deeper into science and the workings of our world, it becomes more and more possible to rationally consider the existence of an intelligent designer who many call God. Here are just 3 examples of top notch Christian scientists in the last century:
There are numerous other scientists that believe very strongly that God created the world and that he is their source of inspiration. People ranging from Sir Isaac Newton to some of the most recent and famous scientists acknowledge that Christianity is extremely compatible with science.
Unfortunately, this is not very well known. And many writings by skeptics make it appear that Christianity is anti-science and destroys science. Here are a couple examples of this:
The above quote from the “Ethical Atheist” is typical of how many skeptics regard people of faith. I have read and listened to these and other criticisms from skeptics: