The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
An hypothesis is a scientific statement of belief. It is accepted, but only conditionally,
depending on future testings, discoveries, or proofs that either verify or falsify this
Verification builds upon itself, finally producing a theory with many convincing
proofs providing a stable platform of understanding, but it is still vulnerable to an
occasional exception. Its work, it would seem, is never totally done.
Science shorn from its foundation of belief is an impossibility. It‘s like a head without
a body, an intellect without a purpose, a strategy without a goal. It‘s like a dog smelling
its own dung for an answer to why it‘s there.
Belief without an attempt at verification is like a person on a springboard who refuses
or hasn‘t bothered to check on whether the pool contains water, or how deep it might be.
The totality has always been greater than the sum of its parts. Until all possible
knowledge has been revealed, there will always be plenty of room for belief.
The enormity of that gap is impressive indeed!
Let science prove we are, and then
What matters science unto men
No longer half-akin to brute,
For all we thought and loved and did
And hoped, and suffer‘d is but seed,
Of what in them is flower and fruit
Whereof the man, that with me trod,
This planet, was a noble type
Appearing ere the times were ripe,
That friend of mine who lives in God
—Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memorium
Is Evolution Compatible with Religious Belief?
Must it be One or the Other?
A short while ago, I had subscribed to a new magazine for reasons other than as a
potential reference resource. National Review was its name. Imagine my surprise in
viewing the cover of the first copy, at the very top of which was this headline: -Jim
Manzi on the Abuse of Evolution. |
I immediately turned to it on page 42, and discovered the title of the article, -The
Origin of Species, and Everything Else. | At the bottom of the page Jim Manzi was
identified as the CEO of an applied- intelligence software company.
Was he pro or con on the subject of science‘s compatibility with religious belief? I
wondered. I became wary as I read into the first two paragraphs of the article. And then
this stood out in bold relief: -Scientific atheists who condescendingly argue that anyone
who really understands evolution realizes that it implies atheism. Probably the most
famous of these is Oxford‘s Richard Dawkins, Professor of the Public Understanding of
Science, who has expounded this idea over more than 30 years. |