Is Science Superior?
Time for truth! Christianity is the foundation science was built on.
THE HUMANIST'S CLAIM IS: And Humanists esteem highly those who study this world and provide a better understanding of it. Unlike the theologians who focus on influencing supposed supernatural powers, persons using a scientific outlook have enabled great progress to be made in reducing misery and increasing happiness.
This chapter begins the section on humanist accusations about the Bible hindering science. Is this true?" Did the Bible prevent the progress of science? That is a good question and in the next few chapters, we will be looking at humanist claims that the Bible teach-es things that we now know are not scientifically true.
However, let us look at the other side of the coin. Is what humanist teach about Christianity true or false? The answer is: much of what they teach about Christianity is false. The above claim, quoted directly from the humanist web site, shows astounding igno-rance about Christianity. Of course, we know that—as scripture teaches—humanists are unable to understand the Bible. They are blind guides leading the blind.
What is the problem with their statement? Saying that "theologians focus on influencing supposed supernatural powers." is simply not true. Christian theologians study God (through scripture) so as to know God better, and by better knowing Him we can do better at obeying God and growing to become more like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Is the humanist talking about prayer? Yes, we do pray... even theologians pray. However, the objective of prayer is not "influencing supernatural powers." That is a description of pagan Greeks and Romans attempting to bribe or trick their gods. Their "gods" were capricious, arbitrary, and uncaring when it came to humanity.
What Is The Purpose of Prayer?
Prayer has one purpose only... to glorify God. I will let John MacArthur explain as he talks about the Lord's Prayer in a Novem-ber 1979 sermon:
Everything in this prayer, beloved, seeks to glorify God, seeks to lift up his name, seeks to exalt his holiness. And I would just tell you right now thats the purpose of all prayer. If you think prayer is for you, youve missed the point.
His glory is the issue. So when you pray get it in mind youre not informing God, he already knows everything. Youre not forcing God, youre not badgering God, youre not irritating him, youre not conning him. What youre doing is submitting to his sovereignty.
And thats the affirmation of the disciples prayer. Thats the way we want to look at it. It begins with, Our Father who art in heaven,
adoring God. It ends with, For thine is the kingdom, the power, the glory forever, adoring God again. In the middle, everything in it is about God.
Our Father who art in heaven, thats Gods paternity. Hallowed be thy name, thats Gods priority. Thy kingdom come, thats Gods program. Thy will be done, thats Gods purpose. Give us this day our daily bread, thats Gods provision. And, forgive us our debts, thats Gods pardon. And lead us not into temptation, thats Gods protection. And, thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, thats Gods preeminence. And all prayer, Jesus is saying, is not to stand in the streets, and the corners of the streets to pray to be heard by men, to get glory for yourself, but all prayer is by absolute contrast to bring glory to God.
Quoted from the sermon: The Purpose of Prayer by John MacArthur. https://tinyurl.com/yb9y3nm2
You see, in making the statement the humanist has made, he has demonstrated that he has no understanding of this aspect of Christianity nor of Biblical prayer. His accusation is false. He alleges pa-gan practices that do not exist in Christianity.
However, what about the claim that "persons using a scientific outlook have enabled great progress?" In the context it is presented, I assume this is saying that persons with a Biblical outlook have hin-dered scientific progress
I've written about this on previous pages, here for example. However, let's take a look at it from another angle: the fact that the rise of science could not have happened without Christianity. (More information in an article by Eric V. Snow)
Christianity: A Cause of Modern Science?
This historiography of science has sYou see, in making the statement the humanist has made, he has demonstrated that he has no understanding of this aspect of Christianity nor of Biblical prayer. His accusation is false. He alleges pagan practices that do not exist in Christianity.till to face up honestly to the problem of why three great ancient cultures (China, India, and Egypt) display, independently
of one another, a similar pattern vis-a-vis science. The pattern is the stillbirth of science in each of them in spite of the availability of talents, social organization, and peacethe standard explanatory devices furnished by all-knowing sociologies of science on which that historiography relies ever more heavily. - Stanley Jaki, The Savior of Science (Washington, DC: Regnery Gateway, 1988), page 35
The hard facts of history, as found in the writings of Duhem, Jaki, and Merton, destroy the common claim of evolutionists that Christianity and science are necessarily
incompatible. Much like how German sociologist Max Weber attributed the rise of capitalism to Protestantism's values, Merton's thesis maintains that the values of English Puritanism promoted scientific work. More significantly, Duhem and Jaki's research insists that the philosophical beliefs of Christianity had to drive out the anti-scientific conceptions of paganism in order for science to be born. Far from man's mind, the beliefs of the Bible ultimately freed him from the pagan dogmas that prevented the expression of his reason through a self-sustaining science. - Eric V. Snow, "Christianity: A Cause of Modern Science
Christianity freed people from pagan dogma and led to the rise of science and the scientific method in Europe. So, while the humanist is right, advances in science resulted in huge benefits for people, those advances were only possible because of the foundation provided by Christianity.
From aeronautics to zoology, Christians have contributed to existing branches of learning and created entirely new disciplines in their search for knowledge. If that weren’t enough, we have an even bigger bombshell to drop: Christianity made science possible in the first place. That’s right. Were it not for the Christian belief in an intelligible order created by a supremely intelligent God who also created human reason, there would have been no faith in reason. And without faith in the power and reliability of reason, there can be no science. - Michael Foley, “5 Myths About Christianity”
Conclusion: Humanists are misrepresenting Christianity and not telling the complete story. They ignore the fact that it was Christianity that provided the foundation upon which modern science and the scientific method were built.
NEXT humanist claim: The Bible teaches a Stationary Earth as the Center of the Universe
An erroneous Bible teaching caused Christian theologians to oppose Galileos proof that the earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the sun. In the sixteenth century, Copernicus proposed this theory about the double motion of the earth. In the following century, Galileos telescope proved that Copernicus had been right.
To oppose the Copernican doctrine and show that the earth remains stationary while the sun moves around it, the Catholic Church pointed to the tenth chapter of the
book of Joshua [according to Andrew White]. There we are told that Joshua, in order to have a longer period of daylight in which to carry out the Lords command to slaughter the Amorites, ordered the sun to stand still not the earth.
Is this true? Does the Bible teach the earth was stationary and at the center of the universe? Click here to get the answer.