What I Learned in My Science and Technology Class

Well, I’m a day late in posting this blog, but I guess it’s better late than never. As I mentioned previously, last week I took a course called “Church Issues in Science and Technology.” The professor, Tim Sansbury, has a background in science and theology and is one of the few voices in the church today who has published in this area. He’s unique in that he holds degrees in physics, theology, and philosophy. In particular, he’s well-versed in the philosophy of science. Also, he’s up to date on how technology is changing our world and the unique challenges it presents for the church. New technology raises ethical questions that all of us will confront.

Although I still need to write my major paper for the class, after finishing up the lectures last Friday, I went to a Starbucks and wrote down some things I learned. These aren’t listed in order of importance. Here goes:

  1. Science explains the uniformities of nature.
  2. No ethics without metaphysics.
  3. Science can’t answer metaphysical questions.
  4. Pornography is quite literally destroying peoples’ lives. It’s scary.
  5. Science can’t disprove the literal existence of Adam and Eve.
  6. The statement, “Science has shown that miracles cannot take place” is beyond the realm of science.
  7. Science can explain causes but it can’t explain everything.
  8. The way Christians often talk about science is a blight on the church.
  9. It’s important to remember that many scientists have not taken a course on the philosophy of science.
  10. Christianity is a falsifiable religion.
  11. Peoples’ issues with Christianity are not intellectual.
  12. “If you try to get God to fit in your brain, you’ll have problems” (Tim Sansbury).
  13. Metaphysical naturalism is a religion.
  14. No one can be a consistent moral relativist.
  15. If it’s true that theologians aren’t often good scientists, it’s also true that scientists aren’t often good theologians and philosophers.
  16. Finding a genetic link to explain a person’s behavior (i.e. a gay gene, a violent gene, etc.) doesn’t justify a person’s behavior. “Is” still doesn’t imply “ought.”
  17. Scientists interpret data differently because they read the evidence in line with different narratives. “Paradigms drive interpretations of evidence” (Sansbury).
  18. Was there a talking snake in Genesis? Yes. God can do miracles. He raised Jesus from the dead!
  19. No coherent worldview can ever say, “Miracles are impossible.”
  20. Technology always brings a downside.
  21. Science is designed to force objectivity, but it rarely does that. Biases live within all of us.
  22. Our emotions affect what we believe is reasonable.
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