Skip to comments.The Wonderful Unscientific Teachings of Christianity
Posted on 02/28/2009 9:10:53 AM PST by GodGunsGuts
Unfortunately, many theologians have decided that claims made by the majority of scientists represent scientific facts. In turn, these facts represent ultimate truth, which must then be used to understand biblical teachings. However, the Bible contains numerous claims and events that are not going to be popularly accepted as scientific. Are these claims now unacceptable to Christians?
Scripture records the occurrence of numerous miracles performed by God. By definition, a miracle is an event not explainable by natural processes. Otherwise, it would hardly constitute a miracle. Are these miracles going to be accepted as scientific? What do these theologians propose we do with biblical miracles?...
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All religions are hypotheses
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Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Mathew, Mark, Luke, John, all those prophets - there were as historically real as Alexander the Great, King Tut, or any other figure in ancient history. Nothing hypothetical about them.
Jesus, Paul, Moses, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Mathew, Mark, Luke, John, all those prophets - there were as historically real as Alexander the Great, King Tut, the various Caesars, or any other figure in ancient history. Nothing hypothetical about them.
And that, in a nutshell, is the crux of the argument. Christianity is based on historical figures involved in historical events in real space and time. It is not based on philosophical speculation, nor on fantasy, but on history.
What they preached is pury hypothetical, by definition
Quoting Litekeeper, who says it better than I:
“And that, in a nutshell, is the crux of the argument. Christianity is based on historical figures involved in historical events in real space and time. It is not based on philosophical speculation, nor on fantasy, but on history.”
There may be some independent evidence for Jesus being an historical figure but his divinity is pure hypothesis.
His divinity was claimed and attested to by multiple, verifiable sources.
His divinity was claimed and attested to by multiple, verifiable sources.
Verifiable? Your defintion of evidence and hearsay are obviously at odds with the standard versions. How have accounts of divinity in the Bible been *verified*?
Every miracle had multiple witnesses, His resurrection also. These are written and authenticated documents from a variety of writers from far different stations in life.
A statement which is itself a hypothesis.
I think this discussion gives “science” far too much credit or authority to begin with. Before we worry that science “disproves” anything, let us first ask, on what grounds does “science” have any authority in the first place? And then let us ask secondly, on what grounds is “science” imputed greater epistemological authority than any other source of knowledge?
Your comment reminds me of an excellent book I read many moons ago by F.A. Hayek. It is entitled “The Counter Revolution of Science.” Have you read it? If you haven’t, a strongly recommend you pick up a copy as it is right up your alley. Here’s a brief synopsis:
The "scientist" seeking to argue for naturalism and against theism on the basis of empiricism always and interminably falls into the same trap that David Hume did (and from which he never successfully extricated himself, I might add), which is that of assuming that sensory perception amounts to the suma tota of existence. If Hume couldn't see, hear, smell, touch, or taste it, then it didn't exist. Problem is - as was argued by his contemporaries - this would give truth value to the obviously absurd conclusion that a tropical prince, having never seen snow, would be entirely reasonable in assuming that you were either lying or out of your gourd if you were to tell him about it. Argumentation from strict logic aside, the fact of the matter remains that snow DOES exist, no matter how "reasonable" it might be for him to assume otherwise. Indeed, in this case, evidence from testimony proves to be SUPERIOR to evidence from empirical observation.
Such it is with the cases we've seen on this thread. Empiricism, "science", is in no way a debunking of arguments either of the historicity of Christianity, nor of the reality of miracles, etc. in the Bible, nor of the reality of personal religious experience. Simply because the non-believer hasn't experienced them doesn't mean they don't exist, and simply because a miraculous event testified to in a document doesn't "fit in" with the laws of science that we know (or think we know), doesn't mean that those events are invalidated.
==In other words, evolutionary interpretations about “science” - old earth, naturalist evolution, etc. - only become substantiated when you assume those very same interpretations, which is circular reasoning.
Excellent reply. I see this all the time in my debates with Evos. Indeed, it is so pronounced and obvious that the fact that they can’t see it remains a complete mystery to me.
==The “scientist” seeking to argue for naturalism and against theism on the basis of empiricism always and interminably falls into the same trap that David Hume did (and from which he never successfully extricated himself, I might add), which is that of assuming that sensory perception amounts to the suma tota of existence.
I remember reading a bit about this in D’Souza’s book, “What’s So Great About Christianity.” If I remember correctly, he points to Kant as the antidote to Hume’s attempt to limit all knowledge to empirical observation.
The philosophy of science has already taken this into account and moved from Positivism, to Post-Positivism, where instead of assuming measurements are accurate, the assumption is that measurements are flawed and therefore must be "triangulated" between multiple sources. And instead of objectivity existing separately, it is "constructed" from multiple perspectives. And from that comes the primacy of consensus.
We start with positivism, but realize that there are limitations of measurement and bias, therefore the truth comes from a consensus of biased measurements. Ta-da! Hegel's dialectic writ large, plunged into the heart of society's general philosophy as truth. Bias doesn't make wrong, it adds color! And if most of the scientists are biased in one direction? Well, that's as close to truth as you can get in this philosophy.
And practically, there are external forces on the general bias of science that post-positivism doesn't account for, like distribution of grant money and social desires to be accepted within the larger group, which is made worse by a philosophical inertia that post-positivism brings with it. Mix it all together and you can put the breaks on any radical discovery. Slow and steady is the key, and current theories or meta-theories like evolution have to be thoroughly exhausted before consensus can slowly head in another direction.
Considering the fact that neither the human mind nor thought nor even an idea can be scientifically measured - but all are accepted as existing - one has to wonder why metaphysical reality is so universally rejected by the scientific community. (To be explicit, while the brain can be measured, weighed, even photographed, the mind cannot be measured in any way. As to thoughts and ideas, their results can be measured but not the thought or idea itself; it just “is”.)
In other words, were it not for the metaphysical reality of the human mind, we would not even be aware of the physical reality in which we exist. That is, while our ears hear, our eyes see, our bodies feel, our noses smell, etc, and our brains receive all these stimuli, without our minds to interpret them, we would not be aware of their existence.
Perhaps - just a thought - the rejection of metaphysical reality is because to accept it would be to accept the transcendent possibility of a god...