Confusing Science with Philosophy

This has been pointed out so often that it amazes me people continue to make the same mistake. Science and philosophy are distinct from one another. While everyone has one sort of scientific perspective or another and everyone has some sort of philosophical worldview, it is a mistake to assume that the two can be merged without a great deal of careful thought.

One common philosophical view is that reality is limited to material things. I do not believe that view but I do recognize that many people do so. What often happens is that materialists think there philosophy is part and parcel of science. That is simply not true at all. A good scientist, fully committed to being objective in his or her work, can be a person of deep, personal faith in God. There is nothing whatsoever in either science or faith that makes them exclusive of one another.

A good friend of mine, a long-time student of the deepest intricacies of DNA, loved to get to his lab on campus each day to further his studies. “It feels like I’m studying the mind of God, leaning how he has put the universe together.” Each day, before heading for campus, he would pray, “Lord, please show me today more of your mind.” He is a good and faithful student of the Bible but would never consider Bible study a good way to understand DNA. Nor would he think his electron microscope would teach him how to follow Jesus Christ. In the lab he learned of the mind of the Creator. At home in Bible study he learned the love of God, the grace of God, the justice of God, the character of God.

How could anyone say to this man that science and faith are mutually exclusive???


About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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