Vail Daily letter: Faith and science
May 3, 2011
On May 7, the privately funded Vail Christian High School will be hosting Dave and Mary Jo Netting, co-founders of the Alpha Omega Institute. The reason for this seminar to be held at the Christian school is because it would be unconstitutional for it to be held at a public school. You see, the topic for this gathering will be creationism.
They pride themselves for speaking in places like Mexico and India, where they have been able to teach in public schools. That would never happen here in the U.S., said Mary Jo. We saw how a lot of people were kept from God because of the science of evolution.
A common definition of science is systematized knowledge derived from observation, study and experimentation. Having met those criteria, only then can a theory become fact. Science still has many theories, and as we continue to learn, more theories will be derived. Both evolution and gravity are still theories. But as far as theories go, these are two of the better ones. It may take a while, but I have faith that scientists will one day find the missing piece that links large scale gravity to that of the subatomic forces. This is also known as Einstein’s Grand Unification Theory.
Is it also so hard to understand that the so-called gaps in the theory of evolution have not yet been completely filled in? It is estimated that 99 percent of all species that have ever existed on this planet have already become extinct. (That’s a good argument for a grand designer.) Science, as we know it, has only been around for about 500 years, and it will therefore take some time to fill in the gaps.
Our planet Earth formed over 4 billion years ago. Jump ahead to about 250,000 years ago, when Homo sapiens first roamed the planet. Scientists have fossils that can trace human evolution to over 4 million years ago. Are there still gaps? Yes, and the gaps are getting smaller.
Throughout our history, religion has had one great consistency. Whenever something was unexplainable, the answer was always God. The sun rose by God’s grace, the earth quaked by God’s anger, plagues raged by Gods vengeance … all of which now is easily taught in elementary school as basic Science.
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They will argue, what if there is no natural explanation of something, meaning that science does not yet have all the answers? What if there really is a supernatural realm? Would an objective scientist reject evidence of a supernatural designer just because it wasn’t a naturalistic explanation? A true scientist would never reject hard-core evidence. But a scientist would reject evidence that was based purely on faith and belief.
In Dave Nettings’ summary, taken from the last paragraph on his Web page, “Even in the sciences, faith in the evidence is no substitute for the word of God.”
I prefer one of Einstein’s most eagerly quoted remarks: “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”