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Science and the Christian in debate

Michael Faraday
Michael Faraday
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For whatever reason, the chasm between Christianity and science is portrayed as a static emplacement and not as a dynamic arrangement. As it is doubtful that true Christians and true scientists actually care, the real maniacs are those individuals of the second order – those who have an ‘axe to grind.’ This enormous ‘second order’ group is the ones stirring the caldron pot and causing tempers to boil.

Let us examine a simple case in point. However, first, we need to see a very good scientist who was also a very devout Christian. There are many, but Michael Faraday comes to mind. Faraday’s discoveries covered many disciplines: “liquefaction of chlorine, discovery of benzene, development of stainless steel and optical glass, and discovery of the laws of electrolysis and electromagnetic induction.” John Tyndall said of Michael: “Taking him for all and all, I think it will be conceded that Michael Faraday was the greatest experimental philosopher the world has ever seen.” Aldous (Leonard) Huxley said: “Even if I could be Shakespeare I think that I should still choose to be Faraday.” Michael Faraday stated: “Speculations? I have none. I am resting on certainties. I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. [2 Timothy 1:12]”

Did Michael Faraday care about the chasm between Christianity and science? Probably not, as it is stated about Michael: “... here lay the key to so much of Faraday's character-his joyful renunciation of wealth and social distinction, his ability to stride ahead of his contemporaries untrammelled by religious controversies of his day; above all, perhaps, the abounding humility in which he saw himself, not as a man raised by genius above his fellows but as one turning the pages of a book which is already written and finding therein order, pattern and design worthy of the Great Creator.”

The case in point is Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson says many things, and granted, some are better than others. However, what he did say, “If you start using your scripture, your religious text as a source of your science, that’s where you run into problems, and there is no example of someone reading their scripture and saying ‘I have a prediction about the world that no one knows yet because this gave me insight.’” In fact, actual quotes from Dr. Tyson are internet-scarce, as one would expect from a true scientist. However, the plethora of caldron stirrers is amazing: “Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. the right: ‘Cosmos,’ Christians, and the battle for American science,” or “Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Media Need to Stop Giving Equal Time to Anti-Science Views.”

Any reader can check the following on-line publications: salon.com, guardianlv.com, thefederalist.com, answersingenesis.org, politicususa.com, thedailybanter.com, jonathanturley.org, or rawstory.com. Don’t let your Christian apologetic get out of focus by gainsayers.