Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Questions Only A "Scientist" Could Ask

I continually contend in this space that there is not a war between science and religion, but between some scientists that want science to be more than it is and some religionists that want religion to answer questions it does not really offer answers for. For centuries the church promoted science, but in the last century or so, specifically since Darwin's book, science has started to try and push religion out of much space it rightfully has a place to be. This article from the BBC is a classic example:
The idea tackles one of history's great philosophical debates, and Bjoern Brembs of the Berlin Free University brings the latest thinking from neurobiology to bear on the question.


"Free will is not that lofty metaphysical thing that it was until the 1970s or so," Dr Brembs said.

"More and more people are realising that it's a biological property, a trait; the brain possesses the freedom to generate behaviours and options on its own."
The 1970's?!?!?!?!?! Free will is an idea, steeping in theological meaning pretty much since theology started. Last time I checked, theological was metaphysical.

What we have here is a case of a scientist trying to start a fight, and doing so for reasons only he knows. What more is there is only one reason a scientist would even look into a question like this - and that is for science to attempt to displace religion.

I am reading more and more science of that type - science attempting to do metaphysics - science asking questions that it cannot possibly answer with any serious meaning - and doing so with an apparent purpose to undo religion.

What's a churchman to do? Well, response in kind is not the answer. We don't need to argue creationism v. evolution - we need to find the wound that drives people to this and heal it. Jesus rarely argued, but he did a lot of healing - think about it.

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