Sunday, January 29, 2006

Believing Scientists?

New York Times article about scientists and faith.

Interesting stuff. The search for truth versus the search for facts. If you make any assumptions about either search or assumptions about their answers, you undermine the process.

Since I read this article, I've been kicking around the idea of believing in God and pursuing science. There have also been some articles about the Intelligent Design arguments as an alternative to Evolution. Kansas and Pennsylvania have seen some Boards of Education struggling with how to address both of these interpretations of how the world got to be the way it is now. What's interesting to me is the argument from scientists that Intelligent Design is not a theory because it cannot be tested for validity. Also, by it's nature it does not seek anything new, it doesn't ask questions, it offers only a single answer: God did it. Science seeks to understand the minutiae, to determine how every cog fits the scheme and the purpose each contributes to the whole. Science is not satisfied with the Atom, but with how the atoms fit together, of what they are composed.

Once you begin to accept that God plays any regular, significant role, you cease to ask new questions and seek their answers with relation to the role you believe God fills. The scientific process doesn't deny any role for God, it just seeks to understand the relationships and mechanisms of the universe.

This was another post that I started months ago, back in August. I'm just getting around to addressing some of the ideas, but it still feels incomplete. I'll have to get back to this subject eventually.

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