|Scientific creeds reveal hidden scientific faith
There have been many famous creeds offered about science by scientists. And I use creed in the normal sense, which as Google defines it is:
So to be precise I'm using it in the sense of the faith of scientists. While they don't like to admit it, materialists scientists do indeed have faith in a belief that underlies all their theories - the physical world is all there is. This faith is typically encapsulated and expressed in what often becomes a well-known adage. Here's a couple:
Carl Sagan starts "Cosmos" - both his book and TV Series - with this statement of faith. Here's another from evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky:
In case you didn't notice, both of these are statements of faith. How can we tell? Easy. These are not testable hypotheses based on specific evidence(s). They are general statements which support a specific worldview (a materialist one) clearly intended to discredit other approaches to science. Another dead give away - when other scientists point out serious problems with the associated theory, instead of re-examining the theory, they get angry with the questioner for daring to question them.
Consider the Cosmos statement. Most materialist scientists are firmly in the big bang camp. Yet such scientists can not say the cosmos always was because according to the big bang, there was a time when the cosmos wasn't. (For Christian apologists, this leads naturally to the Kalam cosmological argument which I discuss in Enraging the Dragon.) Thus for Sagan, since neither he nor anyone else has any evidence the Cosmos always "was", (in fact the evidence is to the contrary) that is a statement of faith. As for Dobzhansky, who tries to at once both affirm evolution and discredit creationism, the faith based nature of his statement has become apparent as many biologists, and other scientists have reached the conclusion that evolutionary theory is quite unnecessary for true science to progress.3
Man, being a creature of faith, can't help but espouse some type of faith, so I don't begrudge scientists their faith. No, the issue I have is with the various pretenses they don as a masquerade, in efforts to mislead the public. In disguising their faith they also disguise the motivations of the resulting behaviors - such as what to research. What pretenses are donned, you ask? Glad you asked:
1. Pretending they have no faith, relying only on science
While this is to be expected (Matt 5.11) the hypocrisy of scientists pretending they have no faith is both disingenuous and aggravating enough to move one to righteous anger - as the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and teachers of the law likewise moved Jesus (Matt 23.13-31)
2. Pretending Christian faith in God is different from their faith in science; implicitly believing scientific faith is superior
Materialists Scientists believe:
1. The world came into existence from nothing, caused by nothing
On the face of it they look remarkably similar don't they? But there are significant differences. Lets look at the reasons behind what is believed:
For Materialist Scientists:
1. The world came into existence from nothing, caused by nothing
3. Without this invisible force, life would be impossible
4. There exists invisible dimensions which contain entire unseen worlds
Let's move on and look at why do Christians believe what they do. In a word: scripture:
a. The world came into existence from nothing, caused by an act of God
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
d. There exists invisible dimensions which contain an entire unseen world, the abode of God known as "heaven."
Christians believe as they do because it is the clear teaching of scripture. Skeptics and doubters would dismiss evidence from the Bible because it's - well - from the Bible. But does the fact that it's the testimony of someone they don't believe in (God) make the testimony of scripture any less rational than the faith of the scientists who believe in theories that contradict science? In fact, one could argue that Christian faith is more rational than the faith of scientists because in addition to being internally consistent (unlike the big bang) , Christians also have very strong evidence such as the creation itself, living creatures who complexity points to a designer, and the resurrection of Christ as hard evidence. Unfortunately just as this article is too brief to go into the means and graphs scientists used to conclude their evidence supports the existence of the Higgs; likewise this article does not allow space to delve into the details of the evidence that supports the biblical account of the creation, complexity of life and resurrection. Simply note that much evidence has been presented along these lines.
Now, as a Christian, I have no issues with or objections to scientific beliefs numbers 2 and 3. There is nothing contradictory to the Christian faith in those two beliefs. Belief 4 is not incompatible per se, but scientists simply have no evidence of it. Belief 1 contradicts the first verse of the Bible which states a core belief of Christianity - that God exists and created every material thing that exists. Additionally as noted it also contradicts known laws of physics and causality, so I reject it outright.
For materialist scientists, they would object to all four beliefs of Christians because they each contradict the core belief of such scientists: that nothing exists outside of the material realm - and that includes God and his abode. Which brings us to the third and most significant pretense that materialist scientists put on:
3. Pretending they have no fear that they may be wrong
These two problems are significant obstacles to the faith of materialist scientists and as a result, to relieve the cognitive dissonance we see reactions popping out of the unbelieving scientific community in much the same way the Higgs Boson popped out of the particles they collided together in the LHC. Their pretenses can't hide their fear of failure which is one of the driving forces behind the less than stellar attitudes which are regarded as acceptable in the scientific community, and are behind the following self preservation tactics:
Given the clearly faith infused motivation to retain discredited theories and discredit viable alternative ones, it's laughable for scientists to maintain they are objective, follow only the evidence, and are only science based, not faith based. This masquerade is a particularly repugnant aspect of the unmistakable arrogance of some. Unfortunately until the world starts calling the scientists on these behaviors - making them acknowledge that it is by faith they hold to theories that go contrary to both reason and known scientific laws - they will remain an arrogant crowd, who look down on those who espouse theories contrary to their own, and will remain accountable to no one. Least of all to creationist scientists with evidence that exposes their misplaced faith and hypocrisy.
Duane Caldwell | posted 1/22/2015
2 Theodosius Dobzhansky as a way of
criticizing creationism. see:
5 On July 4, 2012 Fabiola Gianotti, CERN/ATLAS Experiment and Joe Incandela Cern/CMS Experiment held a
conference to announce they had found the long sought after Higgs Boson.
6 Sean Carroll, referenced from "Big Bang Machine" Nova Science documentary, 2015
7 The full title of Leonard Susskind's book is The Cosmic Landscape - String Theory and the illusion of Intelligent Design, Little, Brown and Company, 2006
Higgs field depiction source - "Big Bang Machine" Nova Science documentary, 2015