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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Question of the Day #27: Presuming The Christian Worldview

Image hosting by PhotobucketWhat would actually happen if scientists everywhere actually took up the presuppositionalist's case and accepted that their methodology really did presume the existence of God? What would be the logical end?

Describe the world as it would be if science was forced to marginalize itself within the parameters of scripture.

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7 Comments:

At 2/16/2006 8:07 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Well, it all depends on how much the think the existence of God should inform science. The existence of God was cited by proto-scientists like Newton to justify his belief that the Universe operates by regular laws. But it could easily be argued that a materialist worldview would justify this as well.

I think ultimately it would damage or retard science, however. Religious mindsets tend to conceptualize discretely, and in terms of opposites. Science is neither dogmatic, nor are scientific concepts discretely defined. Instances throughout history where it HAS become this way are clear examples of scientific error, and these examples usually inhibit new discovery.

 
At 2/16/2006 11:41 AM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

Sciene would become cartoon science, a la "cartoon universe" LOL

 
At 2/16/2006 12:55 PM, Blogger Mr. Neil declaimed...

I was envisioning the complete frustration of scientists, forced to abandon one methodology after another. All dating methods, despite their convergence, must now be rejected as deceptions brought on by the devil. Eventually, the whole scientific establishment is rejected, and people with iPods and cell phones are chased in the street for having wicked scientific technology. The medical establishment is replaced with exorcisms and "Christian science".

I was going to make a cartoon where that actually happens, and I still may do that.

 
At 2/16/2006 3:03 PM, Blogger MDC declaimed...

-All those shows on the History Channel featuring computer generated images of dinosaurs would have to be re-edited to include Bible-folks.
-We could go back to using B.C. and A.D. instead of C.E. and B.C.E.
-Racism could be simplified and explained by Jacob's 12 Tribes of Israel
-Faith Healing would become part of med school curriculum

 
At 2/16/2006 3:18 PM, Blogger Vic declaimed...

-Faith Healing would become part of med school curriculum

Strike 'part of' and I think you'd be right...

 
At 2/16/2006 4:43 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

"I was envisioning the complete frustration of scientists, forced to abandon one methodology after another."

I can see your point. There is a significant amount of irony in the fact that most Christians accept the scientific tenets of germ theory, even though there's nothing in the Bible to support it, and there are numerous passages that contradict it. For someone in my profession (biomedical research), acceptance of Christian dogma would indicate that I should find something more productive to do with my time.

The fact that few Christians would agree with that seems to indicate that they're not as dedicated to their own beliefs as they'd like to think.

 
At 2/16/2006 5:17 PM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

What about Christian pharmacists - who don't even want to do their job ? What a fucking pointless hoax.

 

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