Christianity Vs. Science
I was raised in a Christian home, went to a private Christian elementary school, got homeschooled, and went to a Christian university, so I’ve had a lot of time to notice some of the, shall we say, quirks of evangelical culture. Over the course of history, we’ve caught some heat on a variety of issues.
Particularly, there’s a sentiment that we don’t care much for science if it doesn’t mesh well with the whole God-situation. And it’s not an unjustified feeling, there is a long and storied history of the Church opposing scientific discoveries. The silly part is, many of those discoveries barely even implied the nonexistence of God. It makes me wonder how some of those conversations could have gone, in a better world:
“Hey, Galileo, we over at the cathedral heard you’re working out some pretty crazy stuff lately! I’d love to sit down and hear your process and maybe you can teach me a few things, because from what we’ve heard, some of the experiments and deductions you’ve made might be a little contradictory to what we’ve got in our own books, but I’m willing to adjust my perspective and broaden my horizons a little, especially if it means I get to realize just a bit more how complex and amazing this universe truly is and what a talented Creator I worship. And if we’re on the same page on this stuff, then it’ll be easier for both of us to help guide the public to a more holistic, well-rounded sense of enlightenment and wonder, and maybe a newfound motivation to care for God’s creation as we’ve all been called to.”
Unfortunately, I have a feeling it went more along the lines of:
“WE’RE GONNA BURN YOUR HOUSE DOWN BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO CHANGE OUR SPACE MAPS.”
And, well, here we are.