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Is Someone Afraid Of Science?

January 28, 2011

Above all, do not attempt to use science (I mean, the real sciences) as a defence against __________. They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see. There have been sad cases among the modern physicists.  If he must dabble in science, keep him on economics and sociology; don’t let him get away from that invaluable ‘real life’. But the best of all is to let him read no science but to give him a grand general idea that he knows it all and that everything he happens to have picked up in casual talk and reading is ‘the results of modern investigation’. Do remember you are there to fuddle him. From the way some of you young ______ talk, anyone would suppose it was our job to teach!

OK - it's brown italic text- so it's quoted from someplace.
But I'm not going to tell you where - not yet.
Also - note there are two words that are left out.

Here's the question. Who exactly is it that's so afraid of science that they don't want the truth to get out?

Since I occasionally write about science - one might think I'm going to say that it's Christians being talked about in the clip above. Many Christians would probably agree, too. We're made to think that science disproves so much of what's in the Bible.

Let me tell you a little more about the quote.
Yes - it's from a book.
It's from a letter - written by an uncle to his nephew - who the uncle is trying to mentor.

The uncle is an experienced worker - his nephew, in training.

The book was written in the 1940's.
As you may have noticed by the spelling, it's from England.

Any thoughts?

Well - it's Uncle Screwtape - writing to his nephew Wormwood.
Wormwood is one of the "
young fiends" (second missing word),
who is learning to recruit souls for His Father Below - Satan,
being told not to use science as a "
defence against Christianity".

The Screwtape Letters is from the 1940's - by C. S. Lewis.

I'm not sure why so many Christians seem to be afraid of science - worried because so many scientists claim to have knowledge to disprove so many things in the Bible - especially what they call The Creation Story. Like by calling it a story and saying that it couldn't have happened that way - then coming up with so many theories that can't be born out - calling them scientific facts - and therefore must be the truth.

Sixty years ago C. S. Lewis warned about the ways "science" could be used - but also said that what he called "real science" would prove Christianity is true.

As Screwtape told his nephew -

They will positively encourage him to think about realities he can’t touch and see.

And I believe that's exactly what we should do.

Study science - learn about it.
Just the facts - without all of the interpretative words and the assumptions that cannot be backed up.

As I've shown in some of the articles here - if one gets right down to the bare bones facts (pun intended) - as in World's oldest skeleton found? - scientific teachings, minus the hyperbole and unfounded information - is really very much in line with what the Bible teaches us.

That is - very much in line except for one really big thing - Who Gets the Credit!

You may have noticed that I've started to put articles into more than one category lately. Sometimes it's hard to put them into just one.

Since I've gotten so much into the science side - and they seem to be pretty popular topics - I've separated out a new category for them. In the interest of not breaking any existing links, I'm not moving any of the current articles related to science.

Study On…

And don’t forget your study partner -
the Creator of - among other things - everything that science studies -