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  • Writer's pictureJohn Whitehead

Blinded by Science

I have always been fascinated by the premise that people who believe in God are blinded by their faith. In other words, they are placing their hope and faith in something unseen and unsubstantiated.

Though this is a common perspective shared by many, I find it interesting that these same people will contend they follow the science when they voice an issue of concern.

This is truly ironic when compared to faith.

You see, by definition, science is the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. This definition requires the believer to be willing to accept something unseen and unsubstantiated as true.

Therefore, we can safely say, there are many in our world today who are “blinded by science”. In other words, they have chosen to believe in and put their trust in theories, not facts.

Because of this, convincing people to agree with an assertion simply by calling it science is truly absurd. The basis for my contention is confirmed in the definition itself.

This leads me to my point, being “blinded by science” is a religion unto itself. This religion may possibly require more faith than it takes to believe in God, simply because science changes with each new discovery. Whereas the belief in God has not wavered since the beginning of recorded history.

The fact people will submit to almost any supposition made in the name of science can easily be seen all around us today. From issues concerning climate change to the mandates regarding the corona virus we see evidence of a faith without question.

Where we go from here is uncertain, but the reality is if science is going to be our guide, we must admit it is not always based on fact. At the very least, we must acknowledge science is theoretical.

To be “blinded by science” points to the fact one’s vision has been clouded or obscured. Knowing this should motivate us to question each premise with a healthy skepticism.

If science is limited by evidence for those who profess their loyalty to it, why is it more easily accepted than faith in a God whose followers are equally as committed and loyal to Him?

I believe God can be seen in the beauty of His creation and in the love we share for others. In fact, it is God who motivated man to give birth to science as a means, to try and discover the unfathomable, unexplainable attributes of both the created and the Creator.

Romans 1:20, “"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."

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