This is the last post of my blog series around Stephen Mattson’s post about the misconceptions about Christianity.
Christianity is Illogical and Anti-Science Christianity is often stereotyped as being anti-science, anti-academic and anti-intellectual. The reality is that many Christians embrace science and the exciting discoveries that it includes.
Additionally, many believers aren’t opposed to doctrines that heavily involve scientific data and research: evolution, global warming, healthcare research and environmentalism. To be a Christian is to embrace knowledge, critical thinking, innovation, new ideas and the truths they reveal.
There is a segment of today’s Christianity called fundamentalism that the above label typifies. They stubbornly insist that the Bible is absolutely literal in all regards and is 100% the final and absolute word of God. Many of these folks are very anti-science. They seem to insist that you check your intelligence at the door when you come into their churches. I could go into a long and nuanced response to these beliefs but this particular post is not an appropriate place to do that. If you are interested in the detail browse through my blog over at RedLetterLiving.
A majority, I hope a large one, of us Christians see the Bible as containing God’s words and directions for how to live our lives. To us the Bible itself tells us that Jesus said he would give us more knowledge of life as we are able to understand it. We think that our continuing scientific discovery is one way that God is making that happen. I suppose it would have been possible for Jesus to talk about DNA to his first century followers but they certainly would have thought he was insane. It was not until twenty centuries later that we were ready to receive this type of message.
Francis Collins, who was the leader of the Gnome Project that did the first mapping of human DNA wrote a book entitled The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief about scientific discovery and Christian beliefs. It is well worth the read if you need any convincing that God continues to give us knowledge of the universe.
Sadly there will likely always be a population of Christianity who stick to very illogical and anti-science beliefs. They simply fear the consequences and perceived uncertainty of believing otherwise. But most Christians do embrace knowledge, critical thinking, and innovation. We take the messages of God seriously both those found in the Bible and those given to us through scientific and other discovery.