Faith and the thinking Christian: Home field advantage

Faith and the thinking Christian: Home field advantage

First and ten for the New York Giants on the 55-yard line.

Wait. What?! Football fields don’t have 55-yard lines. That is, unless it’s a game in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Canadian games have broader rules, including 12 men playing on a field that is 12 yards wider and 10 yards of scrimmage longer than the NFL. What’s central to a Canadian field—the 55-yard line—doesn’t even exist in the American game.

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Why is the real conflict between Christianity and naturalism and not between faith and science?

Faith and science are often incorrectly matched against each other as opposing approaches to understanding reality. Yet both terms are not only misused in this way, but also misunderstood.

As stated in earlier articles, science is a marvelous tool to help us understand some elements of reality. But it is not the only window of reality. It is not a worldview. If someone claims that they have a scientific worldview, they probably mean they have a naturalistic worldview. That means they exclude as real anything that is not natural or anything that cannot be measured or observed. And when some insist that science is the only valid source of knowledge and will one day provide answers to everything, that is scientism, not science.

Second, when that false dichotomy of “faith vs. science” is used, “faith” is often assumed to be faith in a supernatural God. Even so—as the article stated—science has nothing to say against the supernatural since it only researches what is natural.

More than that, the real point (and one that some atheists try hard to avoid) is that faith is needed for science just like it is needed for theology—the study of God. Both science and theology have fundamental assumptions that cannot be empirically proven. Science is actually founded upon philosophical—not scientific—principles. Atheist and revered physicist Dr. Paul Davies penned a New York Times op-ed in 2010 entitled “Taking Science on Faith.” He wrote “Science has its own faith-based belief system. All science proceeds on the assumption that nature is ordered in a rational and intelligible way. . . . To be a scientist, you had to have faith that the universe is governed by dependable, immutable, absolute, universal, mathematical laws of an unspecified origin. . . . The very notion of physical law is a theological one in the first place, a fact that makes many scientists squirm. Isaac Newton first got the idea of absolute, universal, perfect, immutable laws from the Christian doctrine that God created the world and ordered it in a rational way.”

It’s good to realize that the real conflict is not between faith and science but instead between the two worldviews of naturalism and Christianity. Beware of those who claim that Christians are anti-science. Christians are pro-science, but anti-scientism. Christians are pro-science, but anti-naturalism.

This is the fifth article of a six-part series on faith and science.

Author: James Borgwardt
Volume 108, Number 05
Issue: May 2021

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