Re: Separation of science and religion

Moorad Alexanian (alexanian@UNCWIL.EDU)
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 13:59:51 -0500 (EST)

At 04:54 PM 11/18/97 -0500, George Murphy wrote:
>Moorad Alexanian wrote:
>> It is true that "Creation, Incarnation, sacraments, corporal works of mercy,
>> & resurrection of the body are major aspects of the faith" but they are not
>> the subject matter of science.
> The doctrine of creation isn't part of science, but part of its
>subject matter (i.e., the physical world) is also part of the subject
>matter of science. What science has to say about the world is of
>interest to theology because - when placed in the context of Christian
>theology (N.B.) - it helps us to understand God's activity in the world.
> George Murphy

God created the universe, upholds all things by the word of His power,
answers prayers, etc. but such things are not within the subject matter of
science, i.e. play no role in science. It is not theological but
metaphysical propositions which are regulative of historical propositions
which in turn are generalized by the experimental scientist into laws.

What can science say about the world which is of interest to theology? It
may tell us that there is an Intelligent Designer, but most scientist will
deny that. It may tell us that a highly sophisticated mathematics, invented
by men, is necessary to describe the workings of nature. Perhaps that
mystery is related to our being created in the image of God. But scientists
will dispute that too. Again, what can science tell us about the world that
would be of interest to theology?

The most devote Christians I have met have not been intellectuals--formally
educated people. They are basic, simple people with a deep love for God and
do not need science to guiding them in their faith.