Thursday, March 10, 2011
Science As It Should Be
Pope Benedict XVI told scientists that their research can lead to knowledge of God by revealing the natural order of the universe.I often marvel at the fact that we have grown to the point where for many such an assertion is viewed as absurd. That is the origin of science - a means of discovering the ordered God by finding the order in His creation.
The pope made his remarks on Thursday (Oct. 28) before a plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican.
The evident logic governing the universe "leads us to admit the existence of an all-powerful Reason, which is other than that of man, and which sustains the world," Benedict said.
Frankly, the current state of affairs vis-a-vis the "battle between science and religion," is the best proof of the sinful nature of man I have ever encountered. The fact that some think science replaces God is amazing testament to just how self-centered we truly are. Only a complete egoist absent knowledge, or at least acknowledgment, of the many failures shortcomings and misunderstandings of science could believe such a thing.
Yes, the church does wrong - but we, absent the church, do so much more wrong.
It is also the reason I think apologetics is interesting, even necessary, but not an important part of evangelism. The problem here is not the arguments - there is something much deeper that has us put such unsatisfactory substitutes into play. It is on that deeper level that we need to reach out.