One of the more popular electives at KU is a course called Scientific Thought.
It is an important general education course because revisionary history has led many in the modern church to believe the scientific community and the church are enemies.
Many of the best-known names in scientific history were God-fearing dedicated Christians. Their motivation was to discover more about God and His creation.
In today’s session we discussed a very important tendency molding current theology and scientific thought.
In the media branch of the scientific community there is a new terminology. It is a combination of two words that actually cannot yet co-exist. Those two words are “scientific fact.”
A “fact” is an undeniable and unchanging truth.
The essence of science is that it is constantly changing. No true scientist uses the words, “scientific fact,” they say, “scientific theory” or “current scientific observations suggest…,” because they know science is constantly evolving (excuse the word choice).
Scientific assumptions are disproved all the time. Scientists used to think the world was flat, they used to think the earth was a stationary planet, and much of Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” has been easily disproven and is a punch line of many a joke.
And yet the latest news out of the scientific community is often proclaimed as “fact” with the assumption we will instantly adjust our thinking and way of life in blind acceptance of that “fact.”
Meanwhile we are urged to not proclaim any theological truths. Anyone who does is oft assumed to be a close-minded bigot. The assumption is an enlightened society accepts many theologies or rejects them all; no room for ultimate theological truth in a sophisticated modern culture.
So we are told to accept one scientific “fact” but accept many theologies.
The sad result is the culture has more faith in the ever-changing field of science and a dwindling (or no faith) in the never-changing God.
Motivation towards the Ultimate Truth dwindles in a culture of multiple truths.
Science is dedicated to discovering all it can about the universe created by our heavenly Father even though much of the modern scientific community is steering away from God.
However, the paradox will not continue perpetually. When science makes the eventual return to its origin (God) then, for the first time in history, we will be able to say “scientific fact” with eternal confidence.