I find it quite disturbing that certain atheists go all out at ridiculing Christianity, while largely neglecting to give negative criticism to other religions that worship a deity or in some cases deities. The common theme in recent months is that Christians are idiotic, stupid, and moronic fools for believing in a deity and because of this stupidity they cannot think straight, have biased views on all spheres of science, has an unnatural belief in myths, legends and other senseless and ill-advised ideas. I find these slurs are based on ill-advised hear-say, full of generalisations, bias and prejudice against fellow humans (who happen to put their faith in a deity – in this case specifically Christians are mostly under fire). To further add insult to injury, the Scripture, which Christians believe are inspired by the true God is quoted from by Atheists across the board, ripped apart and taken out of context by their own bias, prejudice and lack of general understanding of our faith. I find this practise of quoting scripture out of context and afterwards insulting the major idea of what God is trying to teach us through inspired scripture not only insulting, but also quite unnecessary by atheists. This “bias” created by “faith in nothing” ultimately leads to quoting the Scripture out of context. The concept of a non-believer aka atheist trying to prove a point by quoting from a believer’s scripture is about as ludicrous as a poor man trying to convince a rich man that the poor life is much better by pointing out how materialism leads to obesity. The result is that you really make a fool of yourself and all other atheists, while you’re probably converting more people to the Christian thought than you might think.
A major theme is that Christianity and all Christians as squarely opposed to all reasonable science. That is absolute hogwash and ill-advised commentary to say the least; nothing more than a subjective generalisation against Christians due to something written on Wikipedia about how Galileo and Copernicus suffered at the hand of the Catholic Church. Might I point out at this stage that both Galileo and Copernicus and many other great renaissance scientists were very religious and had faith in Christ. This so-called suffering was more due to personal disputes between men and matter of the heart than a matter of faith and blasphemy. One must understand the academic context from which people came from in the Middle Ages as well. Some might say that this was due to some sort of fear of the church – again, very ill-informed and unhistorical indeed. I would think it wise that any comments from atheists regarding historical context of the Church and Christians in general should rather be well researched and thought through. The problem is that people tend to believe whatever rubbish is published on a random website, or in some book that was found in the atheist section of exclusive books. Suffice it to say, that non-academic textbooks are also quite biased and if read as such will only affirm uncertainties and it will take hold of heart and mind. Rather, keep research and investigations to academic texts, with academic authors regarding history and the picture really becomes a lot clearer – Christians aren’t as intolerant and idiotic as we’ve been made out to be.
One will find that a major theme in ancient Hebrew writings goes hand in hand with scientific understanding – literally the best scientific understanding was applied to everyday life. Throughout these writings, the Hebrews had knowledge and skills that they actively applied to metallurgy, agriculture, medicine, diet and as much as their common understanding of science allowed at the time. Even the great king Solomon set his mind on understanding as much as possible about nature – albeit with his limited understanding. But by no means was ancient Hebrews ignorant of science.
The church fathers referenced common scientific knowledge of that ancient time. When we read their writings today, we can only laugh at their scientific thought and understanding of the time. Some of the apostles and church fathers was highly educated and counted as physicians, poets, mathematicians and philosophers. They applied their minds and understood that God has given us the capability to understand, develop and pursue knowledge. They used scientific understanding of the time to write moral analogies.
Constantine, who was a Christian at the time created the most advanced city of its day – all with the help of faith and science. Ancient Christians was therefore by no means ignorant of science, but embraced it-but in so doing, they glorified the living God. As the roman empire came to its knees, the church, through very committed monks across the known world set it upon themselves to keep the knowledge of the ancients as far as was possible and to develop understanding as much as was possible.
Christians also assisted with the development of the first universities as we know them today. And Christian thought had major influence on the scientific themes of the day. It is here where it is important to note that, Christians did the best they possibly could with the information they had. Books were a rarity, and ancient scientific texts were lost or unreadable. The only real reference they had was the vulgate. So, they did the best they could, with what they had – explain natural phenomenon at the hand of the inspired book. Did that make them ignorant, stupid, fools and idiots? Not at all, it is commendable that Christians took an active effort to research nature and science with whatever means necessary. This search for truth eventually led the world to the renaissance and early modern period. But the outcome of science for Christians was and will always be to glorify God.
A true Christian will say that no human is perfect or knows everything there is to know about everything. We are all just human. Is there anyone that can truly say; “I know everything and am without fault.” - I’d wager he’d sooner be proved a liar than he would be able to give an abstract summary of the universal theory about how everything therefore sticks together. Christians believe that only God is perfect, and therefore we can only put our trust in Him. On things we know nothing about, it is probably in our interest to keep silent or at best give an opinion, but not to assume we have ultimate knowledge on some academic subject – the truth is that no human has that capacity.
The great thing about our faith in God is quite contrary to what atheists also picture. The idea is that everyone is welcome in the Kingdom of God. Does this faith make everyone knowledgeable on science? Absolutely not. We’re still quite human, and our understanding of science varies quite substantially on various subjects. For various scientific topics (evolution is a hot topic), we can only assume that the scientists are sorting out the anomalies to the required detail to either prove or disprove evolution.
From a Christian perspective, whatever we believe from a scientific perspective (keeping in mind that we really know so little about everything, and that there is yet so much more to prove), the Author of science remains God. And because we know so little about everything, I say rather focus on the love and caring of your neighbour as is our instruction and expectation from God.
I thank you for your time in reading this opus.