The great charade peddled by popular culture is the supposed hayseed gullibility of the average Christian juxtaposed with the “we follow science” crowd’s alleged scientific acumen. Like most big lies it takes truth and turns it inside out. Western civilization wouldn’t exist, the uber-sophisticated 21st century would be a far different place but for the Judeo-Christian soul and ethic, and its Judeo-Christian scientists.
Of course, it’s an utterly childish undertaking in the first place to stoop to the simplemindedness of keeping a tally of remarkable researchers’ spiritual beliefs, but as long as this sort of declining intellectualism in the West sees fit to engage in this in the public forum, the fact is that the great epoch creators have been God-fearing. That’s where the count stands currently.
Isaac Newton wrote a million of the most world-changing words ever put on paper—in celestial mechanics, mathematics, optics, tides, light, etc. But he also wrote a million and a half more investigating the Bible, attempting to glean whatever deeper truths may lie beneath the verses. Johannes Kepler, one of the “giants” on whose shoulders Newton said he stood, was an utterly religious Christian, to such extent that his discoveries were delayed by his seeking spherical perfection in the Creator’s Solar System, when planetary orbits turn out to be elliptical and not absolutely circular.
Albert Einstein’s “God doesn’t play dice” is hardly an outlier concerning people of faith’s contribution to science. The most famous, most important, Earth-shaking chapters in science—Newton, Kepler, Galileo, Lemaître, Leibniz, Dalton, Priestly, Ampere, Faraday, Joule, Maxwell, etc.—have involved Christian scientists.
But what about our current modern era? Aren’t all the scientists now atheists and die-hard anti-religionists? That’s certainly what the media have been propagandizing for decades with their thinly veiled and non-stop call to religious bigotry.
The very suggestion though that scientists groupthink en masse on deeply personal and introspective matters of faith is not only insulting but logically dense as well. If it were the case that people’s character and profile could be predicted owing to their profession police and social workers would certainly be the beneficiaries. But locksmiths, for instance, aren’t more or less apt to drive drunk or abuse their spouses, and scientists aren’t more or less likely to be devout or atheistic.
Nonetheless there is something unique about science after all which may indeed cause its practitioners more awe in the paradoxes of existence—for as each layer of scientific reality is peeled away what’s revealed has all the more the wondrous look of the handiwork of a Supreme Deity.
The probability, for example, that every of the all-important physical constants of the universe should all be tuned within the narrowest of margins amenable to life is one out of a number so large it wouldn’t even have meaning to quote it. And, there’s no real knowledge or understanding of anything that transpired both one second before and/or one second after the Big Bang in the way of answers other than the most obvious of miracles.
Yet the current grasping hypothesis has two of an infinite number of brane-universes bumping in an extra-dimensional “bulk” of space to produce the bang. There is truly little difference nonetheless in the leap of faith required to believe in fanciful collisions within a multiverse as opposed to an infinite number of turtles standing atop each other’s backs.
As a writer of both science and science fiction, I’ve noted the twisted contortions preferred by those determined to exclude God from any equation. The indications are great enough however toward a Prime Mover that the latest way to avoid saying the verboten words “divine” or “God” is to invoke the avant-garde fad supposedly given credence by a surprising number of scientists—that of a “simulation universe,” proposing we’re all blips on the unbelievably scientifically advanced computer screen of some alien being trying to amuse itself, with us.
Nothing demonstrates better the hypocrisy and stunning lack of self-appraisal of the anti-Christian broken record played by sloganeers who feign to support science but who will drift into the most preposterous and amateurish realms of science fiction in order to keep up the anti-religionist drumbeat. Such narrow-minded prejudice can lead even so far as to pretend to weigh the notion of our existence as computer animations coded into an advanced entity’s game software, and yet mock and snort and deride the putative foolishness of faiths having endured for millennia across the world.
David Nabhan, Earthquake Prediction: Dawn of the New Seismology (2017) Skyhorse Publishing, New York; The Pilots of Borealis (2015) Skyhorse Publishing/Talos Press, New York; Earthquake Prediction: Answers in Plain Sight (2013); Forecasting the Catastrophe (2010); Predicting the Next Great Quake (1996) Newsmax columnist, ” Shaking Up Science,” Times of Israel columnist, “Tectonic Shifts”).