The Materialist Myths of Science Opposing Christianity and Vice Versa.

There are many myths that are associated with the promotion of the materialist philosophy.

Myth number 1.

Religion, and Christianity in particular is based on pre-scientific thinking, promotes unscientific thinking and has not contributed anything significant to the progress of science and reason.

This myth is at the base of why so many people accept materialism. If you value reason, rationality and proof and you are of the opinion a mode of thought (such as Christianity) has been against these values and led so many billions of people against these values then you are likely to be easily persuaded against that mode of thinking. Likewise if you are of the opinion that Materialism is the defender and champion of all these values then you are likely to be sympathetic to this philosophy.

But are these charges against Christianity valid?  One mistake our culture has made is viewing secular as being neutral on religion which then in turn means not mentioning publicly anything to do with religion or Christianity. As such people are unaware of the Christian underpinnings of Western science and reason because the argument of being secular means we don’t mention them. This view of secularism promotes a forced ignorance of Western history and culture including scientific culture.  Because we value science and reason, and people have separated in their minds science and Christianity as two distinct and even opposing cultures, and because we cannot speak in our education or media sensibly about Christianity, an undefined scientific culture is assumed to be the basis of Western culture. In addition somehow a non religious ideology is supposed to have been driving this progress, leading Western society to an intellectual freedom against a tyranny of self serving Christian narrow mindedness.

Let’s see how it works:  

  1. Christianity hasn’t contributed anything to modern thought. The scientific method is stripped away from the Catholic monk Francis Bacon who is credited with the definition of the scientific method and put in the science basket and then we say Christianity hasn’t contributed anything to modern thought.
  2.  The Big Bang Theory which is accepted as the origin of the Universe is stripped away from the Catholic priest Georges LeMaitre who is  first credited with its formulation and put in the science basket and then we say Christianity hasn’t contributed anything to modern thought.
  3. The field of genetics is stripped away from the Catholic monk Gregor Mendel  who is known as the father of genetics and whose name has been given to the first three laws of genetics and put in the science basket and then we say Christianity hasn’t contributed anything to modern thought.
  4. The description of natural law in mathematical terms and the law of gravity is stripped away from the Theologian Isaac Newton who has left us two million words on Christian Theology and put in the science basket and then we say Christianity hasn’t contributed to modern thought.
  5.  The scientific field of paleontology which classifies the different layers of the Earth into strata which can be used to investigate the past through fossils and material composition is stripped away from the Catholic Bishop Nicholas Steno who is credited with the founding of Paleontology and put in the science basket and then we say Christianity hasn’t contributed anything to modern thought.
  6.  The scientific field of microbiology is stripped away from the Catholic apologist Louis Pastuer (who believed that only God was the creator of life and so theorized micro organisms) who is credited with the founding of this field and put in the science basket and then we say Christianity hasn’t contributed anything to modern thought.
  7.  The first mathematical description of the atom as  sub atomic dimensionless points held in fields of attraction and repulsion is stripped away from the Catholic priest Boscovich and put in the science basket and then we say Christianity hasn’t contributed anything to modern thought.
  8. The scientific theory of heliocentrism is stripped away from the Catholic monk Nicholous Copernicus and put in the science basket and then we say Christianity hasn’t contributed anything to modern thought.

Unfortunately with the ignorance of people departing today’s education system,  bad arguments can be used against the very system of thought that actually created breakthroughs in Western scientific thinking to begin with. Silly arguments such as the following can often be heard and supported in our Universities :

Christianity tells us that God created the world in six days but science has told us it happened with a Big Bang. Christianity tells us that God decides who gets sick and who recovers but science has told us about microbiological germs. Christianity would have the Earth as the centre of the Universe but science has taught us that we are simply another planet that goes around the Sun. Christianity sees God as creating all life through His individual choice while science has shown it is a matter of replicating DNA. Christianity tells us that the world and life is only a matter of thousands of years old while science has shown that the Earth and life were present billions of years ago. Christianity tells us that all different matter was created by God while science has shown us that matter is made of sub atomic particles. Christianity tells us that God controls all facets of Creation through His will whereas science explains it by natural verifiable mathematical laws. Christianity promotes a mode of unsubstantiated circular thought which leads us nowhere whereas science gives us a systematic mode of thought which promotes the gradual attainment and advancement of knowledge.

As can be seen from the brief outline of the major scientific concepts above Christian thought can not only be consistent with science but Christian thought has developed modern scientific thought. To not know this is to be ignorant. To be ignorant is the result of departing Western Universities with a Marxist bent.  Certainly there is something wrong with the thought that somehow Materialism, science and Atheism are synonymous and Christianity is at the other end of the spectrum and this needs to be combated in the name of reason. The idea that Atheistic Materialism and Science are synonymous is another myth.

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