“Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.” -James Harvey Robinson
Today’s populace has been betrayed by the scientific establishment. We trusted the scientific community with the task of weighing all the evidence available, and from there increasing human understanding of the universe. Sadly these scientists have abused this high calling and twisted and distorted the evidence to suit their a priori preference for atheism and materialism.
Since the onset of the Enlightenment the veracity of Christianity has been under constant attack. The Enlightenment birthed the modernist era, which was for the most part, a very positive movement within philosophy. Modernism replaced the mindless superstition of the pre-modern era with reasoned debate. The serious Christian applauds this.
The God of Christianity is a God of reason who does not require blind faith and superstition which goes contrary to reason and evidence. That said…
He does require a certain humility on man’s behalf to understand that man is not endowed with all the evidence!
Christianity understands that true science comes from submitting first to the LORD.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” –Proverbs 9:10
At the heart of this verse is the notion that the existence of God is necessary for reason and knowledge to even begin. Wisdom here is seen as the correct interpretation and application of the relevant knowledge and evidence.
As the Enlightenment ran its course, men of learning moved away from the idea that God is the foundation of reason. The Bible came to be considered as any other piece of ancient literature, lacking in any divine revelation and authority. The search for truth shifted away from domain of Christianity into the eagerly awaiting open arms of science devoid of God.
The Theory of Evolution was the final nail in the coffin for Christianity’s truth claims. As Evolution was accepted, the notion of the Bible as the standard for truth was rejected. Christianity gradually lost the position of authority it had previously held, a position which was usurped by the new bearers of truth – secular scientists.
Secular Scientists – The New Gate-Keepers of Truth:
Fast forward 150 years to today and religion is all about preference and opinion whereas science is about fact! You cannot claim anything as true about the universe today unless it is peer-reviewed by the scientific community. After much deliberation the scientific community will rule on whether the claim is true or false.
Having a field of experts review truth claims about the universe is not a bad thing of itself…
the problem is with who picks the peer-reviewers.
In the 2008 documentary film “Expelled: No-intelligence Allowed” Ben Stein makes it abundantly clear that there is currently a big problem with who picks the peer-reviewers. The conclusion from the film is that you cannot get anywhere in the scientific community unless you deny God and religiously affirm Evolution. You simply cannot “get a … foot in the door” (Richard Lewontin). You cannot even be considered a “peer” in the scientific community if you do not embrace “random chance” as the designer of the universe!
No reasoning against evolution is allowed regardless of any new evidence that comes to light. Evolution – The God Killer is true and every new fact must somehow fit into its paradigm. The peer-reviewers system sounds more like a “leave your brain at the door” religious cult whose God is “Random Chance” than a group of educated seekers of truth.
A Breach of Trust:
Refusing to look at any evidence that goes against your a priori position is not real science! It is worse than stacking the deck against reasoned scientific debate for the existence of God. It is wanton abuse of a position of authority and a gargantuan breach of trust to those lesser mortals who consider a scientist’s Word as Truth! The Bible calls this idolatry.
“Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.” –Luke 11:52
Secular science dethroned Christianity in the kingdom of knowledge and there is no way that secular scientists are going to give that throne back, no matter what the evidence suggests!
“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” –Lord Acton
The scientific establishment today comes very close to absolute power. Its new societal role – final authority on truth and knowledge about the universe – wealds immense power. Law-makers and rulers of the land bow in deference to the utterances made by this community and often use its pronouncements as a rationale for furthering their own godless agendas.
Scientists were given this power by the people because of their technical expertise and their perceived impartial ability to investigate the evidence and arrive at truth. After all, who has the time or inclination to look into the inner workings of the universe when you have to get up and go to work every day! We are now paying the price of this mis-guided trust in scientists.
The Abuse of Science:
The secular pseudo-science that has become so prominent today in the scientific establishment is an abuse against true science. Rather than follow the evidence where it leads, secular scientists have added certain provisos about where they can allow the evidence to take them. No matter how strong the evidence, no matter how weak their material explanation – they will never allow the evidence to lead to God.
As Christians, we must acknowledge that this twisting of science is an enemy of truth and thus an enemy of God. When an atheistic scientist claims that science has long since disproved God we must remember that he has now taken off his scientist hat and put on his fallen, fallible, irrational, human hat.
The Abuse of Intellect:
God did not give man reason in order to have man turn around and use willfully distorted reason to disprove Him. When atheists do this it’s like “chopping off your nose to spite your face”!
God endowed us with reason and intellect so that we may know him more intimately, using our reasoning to learn about the awe-inspiring complexity and clearly evident design of His creation.
“since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” –Romans 1:20
Fallen man takes God-given reason and perverts it making it completely unreasonable. Richard Lewontin, a Harvard geneticist perfectly exemplifies this irrationality.
“We are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counterintuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is absolute, FOR WE CANNOT ALLOW A DIVINE FOOT IN THE DOOR.” -Richard Lewontin of Harvard University
The next time you are tempted to give up on the plain and clear, literal meaning of God’s Word and allegorize its meaning away, believing that an impartial secular scientist has “proved” God’s Word wrong – THINK AGAIN – THEY HAVEN’T!
“The wicked, in the haughtiness of his countenance, does not seek Him: All his thoughts are, ‘There is no God.'” -Psalms 10:4