Volume 92, Issue 89

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


OPINIONS

Spinning the science wheel of thought

How can a Christian approve

Spinning the science wheel of thought



Re: What is really in store for humans, March 25



To the Editor:

This letter is written in response to Mike Davidson's letter titled "What is really in store for humans," which appeared in the March 25 edition of The Gazette.

First of all, I would like to say to Mike Davidson that you can spin the science wheel as many times as you want to. Unfortunately, what Mike doesn't realize is that the science wheel spins on the axle of the Christian system of knowing. If one consistently tries to operate without the Christian God, he or she quickly finds, as did many thinkers (the rationalists, the empiricists, the idealists and many of the great non-Christian thinkers since), that there is no structure to support the scientific methods we use every day.

But in all our learning we are taught to espouse views which seek to demolish the Christian God. But let us be consistent and test the non-Christian systems against themselves. Spinning the science wheel, I land on "induction." Mr. Davidson, can you now explain to me how you can be so sure of the uniformity in nature in a chance universe – without it there is no induction and, in turn, no science.

Let's spin the philosophy wheel: Can you please explain to me the relation between universals and particulars? I see that you are becoming a little uneasy now. Answering these questions apart from the Christian world view is impossible and I challenge the non-Christian theist or atheist to do so.

Secondly, your article is very presumptuous and it seems to beg the question. You say that because God produced spotted sheep through a miracle, that God cannot be real because miracles like this cannot happen. Well, if God is God, then might that God, who created the world out of nothing, be able to do what he pleases with that world – even if it doesn't conform to our finite human expectations. Who are you to place yourself above God?

Thirdly and with this I shall address your best point, regarding Leviticus 11:6 and the "rabbit" being said to "chew the cud." Our English Bibles are translated from the ancient Hebrew and Greek and often, during any translation, things get lost. The animal that "hare" is referring to here is a Middle Eastern hare that practices what is called, in science, "reflection." That is, at certain times of the day it eats its moist droppings. This, in fact qualifies as "chewing the cud" since in ancient days they had no term for "reflection."

It so turns out God may not be the deceiver you make Him out to be. But perhaps what he really has in store for us is just what He says in the Bible (see Matthew 25:31-44 where Jesus Christ is the King). It could just be that whoever does not put their faith in Him, their store is hell; but those who believe will enter heaven.

Noel Muscutt
Philosophy I


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