#395…SCI., RELIG., etc.: “If not Scienceology, what ‘Otherology’?”


We depend upon science for so much!

If fact, we can’t imagine living in a world unaffected by science.

I taught science for years on several levels,

Even wrote science textbooks¹.


What, then, is the beef

that many have with science?


What “otherology” is there that matters?


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   Let me very generally suggest why some turn off to science, simply ignore it, or get angry with it. Are there “other-ologies” to go to? Let me–lightly–go farther. And, of course I’ll number things. This comes from my decades of taking science classes, teaching classes, reading and writing about science–as a practicing Christian most of that time. (Further, I’ll add a comment or two and put these in parentheses–as here.)

   1.  Many seem afraid of science.  (Some people will never swim because they won’t go in the water.)

   2.  Many consider much science “too hard to understand.”  (Yup, but we’re adults still working on it.)

   3.  Many consider science an enemy of the Christian faith, or the Bible.  (If you think so, check out the materials written by Hugh Ross, an astrophysicist and evangelist at reasons.org.)

   4.  Many refuse to even discuss “evolution” for any reason.  (I, by the way, am not an naturalistic evolutionist as commonly accepted. But before you talk in a significant conversation, you have to define your  terms.)

   5.  People say “billions of years” is new and anti-Bible.  (It isn’t. Age of the universe and “evolution” (in its usual meaning) are separate, though related issues. Incidentally, I sit writing this 5 miles from the Montrose Bible Conference founded by R. A. Torrey, one of the writers of The Fundamentals who was an old-earth creationist before the Big Bang Theory was developed.)

   6.  Some say scientists are bigoted and narrow-minded.  (Sometimes true…as are many sincere Christians.)

   7.  It’s hard to find good materials that respect the Bible and Christianity.  (True. And a lot of science materials, particularly used in Christian homeschooling, are out of date and/or are very misleading. That’s one reason why we’re here.)

   8.  Some scientists insist upon calling evolution “fact” and looking down on people who don’t agree with that.  (True, many scientists, mainly biologists, nowadays do. And I’m one of those they look down on because I say I don’t agree. (A) Part of that problem is that they’re redefining “fact,” and (B) part of it is they’re sweeping some disturbing issues–even that come from scientific observation–under the rug.)

   Okay, what “otherologies” do we consider if science (“scienceology”) seems difficult, overreaching, hostile, and limited in explaining life and the world?

   In the spirit of being too general and a bit scattered, there’s philosophy, which incidentally over the last 50 years has become much more friendly–with, of course, big exceptions–to Christianity, even of the evangelical variety. We recommend William Lane Craig (reasonable faith.org), Keith Ward (from Oxford), and Timothy McGrew (West. Mich. U. To get to: timothy.mcgrew@wmich.edu. McGrew is a Christian, a real philosopher, and has access to lots of information. There’s, of course, theology (we’ve mentioned sources before). And don’t overlook the writing of those who advocate Intelligent Design.

   Enough for now…


   ¹ During the late ’60s and early ’70s I was part of the 4-person writing team that authored the best-selling elementary science series: Science: Understanding Your Environment published by Silver Burdett.

Author: John Knapp