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October 18, 2011

Christians Reject Science?

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

“The rejection of science seems to be part of a politically monolithic red-state fundamentalism, textbook evidence of an unyielding ignorance on the part of the religious. As one fundamentalist slogan puts it, ‘The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.’ But evangelical Christianity need not be defined by the simplistic theology, cultural isolationism and stubborn anti-intellectualism that most of the Republican candidates have embraced.”

Yet the authors of the quoted New York Timed op-ed failed to explain:

1. The global warming debate is not settled science. For as many scientists who cry from the mountain tops that the world is getting warming primarily caused by human activity, there is a growing scientific camp that shows pretty solidly that the world was in a naturally occurring warming cycle for a number of decades, but it is now entered a cooling trend, thus showing that human activity has little if anything to do with the theory of global warming.

2. Christians believe that God created the world in six days. For all the scientific “evidence” proving that humanity evolved from a single-celled creature floating in the sea, there is still that “missing link” problem between apes and human beings that has never been explained away. In turn, Christians believe God created the world and each of us, forming out of the ground humanity’s parents, Adam and Eve. The difference in my faith and those who espouse evolution – I trust in my God that it happened the way He says it did in His Word.

The bottom line is that Christians do not reject science – we embrace it with all our hearts. But we do not relegate our faith to the trash bin when a politically-based “science” is thrown in our faces. We stand firm in our faithful belief that God created all things and that these created things were and are good.

When those argue on behalf of reason when it comes to this scientific debate, it is politically motivated. They reject conservative ideals and their reaction to it is to mock the conservative Christian politician. For when is the last time anyone in the scientific community mockingly retorted against those on the left who reject vaccines because they think they cause of children’s illnesses? Though scientific evidence proves the opposite, and proves is rather strongly, why don’t the authors of this New York Times editorial piece spend equal time reacting to these politicians?

Simple answer: Politics.

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The Evangelical Rejection of Reason
Evangelical Christianity need not be defined by the simplistic theology, cultural isolationism and stubborn anti-intellectualism that most of the Republican candidates have embraced.

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