We frequently get e-mails at CM that accuse us as Christians of being either ignorant of science, or scared of it. Rather than engage in an educated debate on the facts they prefer to believe all Christians are stupid. We usually let them know that Ben and I both majored in a field of science. I could hardly have made it through all that Chemistry if I were scared of science, and my professors made it impossible to remain ignorant on the subject, as much as I wished I could sometimes. The truth is, a belief in God is quite common among professionals in science related fields. This article is a good example of that. A majority of doctors say they believe in God and an afterlife.
Predictably, however, the Associated Press alleges this is a surprising number for a science field, but provides no evidence that this is a rare occurrence. How would the AP explain the fact that most scientific advances have come out of the West where Christianity has long been a majority. In the United States all but 3 of the first 126 colleges were Christian schools. These Christian schools educated and graduated the very people who cured illnesses that plagued our ancestors, and invented the technology that propelled us to a world super power. A cursory look through history is sufficient to show that the AP and those who agree with them are in fact the ones who are ignorant of scientific discovery’s progression and evolution throughout history and today.
A survey examining religion in medicine found that most U.S. doctors believe in God and an afterlife â€” a surprising degree of spirituality in a science-based field, researchers say.
In the survey of 1,044 doctors nationwide, 76 percent said they believe in God, 59 percent said they believe in some sort of afterlife, and 55 percent said their religious beliefs influence how they practice medicine.
“We were surprised to find that physicians were as religious as they apparently are,” said Dr. Farr Curlin, a researcher at the University of Chicago’s MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics.
“There’s certainly a deep-seated cultural idea that science and religion (search) are at odds,” and previous studies have suggested that fewer than half of scientists believe in God, Curlin said Wednesday.
A previous survey showed about 83 percent of the general population believes in God.
But while medicine is science-based, doctors differ from scientists who work primarily in a laboratory setting, and their direct contact with patients in life-and-death situations may explain the differing views, Curlin said. . . . .
Let’s put a large hole in this theory that contact with patients must have caused these doctor’s belief in God. Sir Isaac Newton is considered one of the greatest physicists of all time. Isaac Newton had no contact with life and death situations in his profession that could have caused a belief in God and the afterlife. Yet, we have this quote from Isaac Newton (who, by the way, used his discoveries to calculate the exact date and time of Christ’s death and resurrection):
And as for the Christian worship, we are authorized in scripture to give glory and honour to God the Father, because he hath created all things, and to the Lamb of God, because he hath redeemed us with his blood and is our Lord, and to direct our prayers to God the Father in the name of Christ. . .(McLachlan, H., Sir Isaac Newton: Theological Manuscripts, Liverpool, 1950, pp. 29-35.)
This is just one of many similar quotes from Newton. The evidence for a large Christian presence in science fields over many centuries is staggering, and cannot be reproduced in a blog post. Any decline in a Christian presence among scientists in recent years can be attributed to the kind of bias seen in this article. Among scientists in the top positions, atheism has indeed increased. The result of this shift in the upper echelons of the scientific community is a concerted effort to stigmatize, silence, intimidate, and persecute Christian scientists in all fields. However, polls show that Christians are as common in the sciences as they were in the early 1900′s. The Christians are still there, they are just routinely silenced and ridiculed.
Take, for example, the recent Intelligent Design debates in the United States. Pro-evolution scientists boycotted the debates and flooded the media with taunting, condescending propaganda. This response is seen over and over when Christians make their presence known and challenge the atheist point of view. It is the atheists who are scared of science, not those who believe in God. Rather than support their position with the scientific proof they claim they have, they stick their fingers in their ears and pretend their position is unanimously supported. Fortunately for us, no amount of spin, slander, denial, and taunting can shield them from reality forever.
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