On Science and Theology

My good friend, Dr. Jim West, has two posts up on science and theology.

I would venture to guess it

Our ignorance
Our ignorance (Photo credit: Loulair Harton)

has something to do with Dr. Robert Cargill’s tweets from earlier today:



I refuse to suggest that Jim is more in line with Little Honey Tee Tee’s latest rant (doesn’t qualify as a post because Tee Tee does’t qualify as a blogger, although from what I understand, he is on the run from U.S. authorities which is why he is in South Korea).

Personally, science informs my theology as much as Tradition does. In fact, I would agree with the confessions and the tradition of the Church that God reveals himself through two books — Scripture and Nature (or Science). Ignorance of either science or theology is no excuse — not in a modern world with information at our finger tips.

I would change but one thing with Dr. Cargill’s statement. It is not so much ignorance, but fear (fear is not always caused by ignorance) of science that causes an increased reliance upon bad theology. We see this fear used by those who would know science and the beauty it holds. Instead, they use fear that if science is true, then God is but a lie. I pity the people who follow such morons and I pity the hell awaiting the people who use fear to subjugate the masses with fear of knowledge.

Anyway, this conversation needs more than one blog post about it. It needs several books written — to show that science has a huge place in theology and one need not fear the revelation it could bring.

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10 Replies to “On Science and Theology”

  1. any resemblance to the views of htt is merely coincidental. anyone trying to imply more is as ignorant of the facts of my views as is humanly possible. but what better way to dismiss my notions than to link them, somehow, to the s. korean imbecile? and what better way to demonize me than to make the link (the same attempted demonization which the christian zionists attempt when they call me anti-semitic or the supporters of gay rights make when they insist i’m homophobic). rather than deal with my statements rationally (like lovers of science should, one would imagine) they prefer to do otherwise.

    frankly it’s all part and parcel of the same nonsense that goes on all the time: don’t answer real questions- dodge them. obfuscate. change the subject. point the finger. anything but address the issues.

  2. False alternatives (on Bob’s tweets) we should hope he understands theology better than that. So i’m sure he is being mischievous. I once was told by an atheist that he didn’t believe in God because of monkeys by which he meant evolution. When I asked him what evolution was, he just shrugged his shoulders because he didn’t know.

  3. Joel, Jim, you guys should review this book:

    Evolving Out of Eden, jams between two covers a hefty number of questions concerning Christian theology’s relationship to evolutionary science. The authors quote pro-evolution Christian theologians to demonstrate that little has been proven by their attempts to reconcile Christianity theology with evolution, and a flotilla of questions remain.


      1. I’ll see if I can get you a review copy. As I said, the authors cite attempts by today’s theologians to try and reconcile Christian theology with evolution.

    1. It is easily downloaded on kindle…. Ive read most of it.
      My first impression…. how can two non-scientists criticize actual scientists like Collins. My second impression… this is just another book on the (debunked) conflict thesis between Science and Religion….. they do use White a lot.

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