Wednesday, 23 June 2010
People always go on about how they don't have to choose, that it's possible to be Christian and "believe in science"
"I'm not religious in the normal sense. I believe the universe is governed by the laws of science. The laws may have been decreed by God, but God does not intervene to break the laws."
I thought about that quote a bit. And I thought about religion. And I have been doing both quite regularly for the last few months.
First, you should all know I am Jewish, but (there is always a "but" isn't there) I don't believe in miracles or that the stories in the Torah are necessarily true. I think there are a lot of metaphors, and then I think that some of the stories are just morals for us to learn from. Just like no one believes the story of the Mouse and the Lion, but it is read to young children anyway because there is always a moral at the end.
Then, after I found solace in my own beliefs, I thought about Christianity for a while. I thought about the morals thought in the bible, about how they pray, and then I thought about Jesus. Christians see him as the son-of-god and born of a virgin. And then I thought about Jesus' birth some more.
His birth goes against science and any natural law that governs humans. There are mammals that have reproduced a-sexually, but never have humans. And even if Mary had a-sexually had a child, it would have had to be a female, since she is a female and has no "Y" chromosome to give her son.
Then I think that she got pregnant not from an angel, but from her ear. Anyone who ever studied human anatomy knows this is ludicrous and kinda funny. I could make a lot of inappropriate jokes about it, but you get my drift. So from a scientific viewpoint, if you sincerely believe in the laws govern our species, then you would think the whole story was preposterous and impossible.
Coulumb's law isn't only true on the days you feel like it--same with all the other rules that govern our life. But Jesus is an exception. He is a miracle. He goes against science. That is faith. Faith is thinking that the laws that govern our world change on the whim of a God; there are no set rules.
But I say no. My mass will always be attracted to other masses. This is true. It will always be true. Because I believe in a scientific world, I need not fear that I will fall of the earth, or that the bonds that hold my DNA together will reverse. Humans sexually reproduce, and males need "Y" chromosomes. These are facts. But Jesus, as a divine being, contradicts these facts.
Faith is believing in those things, even though they are improbable or even impossible. Christians, have faith that at least once, female+male was not needed to make a baby; and at least once, a Y chromosome didn't have to come from a male to have a male child. So you don't believe in science. Because scientific laws are always true, that's what makes them laws.
Are faith and science compatible? If God changes scientific laws on His whim, then why study science at all? Does the possibility of a miracle automatically negate scientific laws?