In God, not scientists, we trust

Feb 28, 2021 by

by Peter Simpson, The Conservative Woman:

TODAY’S secularist needs reminding that the founding fathers of modern science believed in a Creator God. The reality of a divine Creator made these pioneers of the scientific method realise that there must be order in nature. So faith itself became the motivation for scientific inquiry into the characteristics of that orderly creation. The Reformation in the 16th century in particular gave impetus to such inquiry.

For example, Peter Harrison, who has held the posts of Professor of History and Philosophy at Bond University in Queensland, Australia, and also Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford, has stated how the new approach in the 16th century to Scripture as being literally true and authoritative was a major factor in the development of the modern scientific method. Rather than allegorising the Bible to conform to pre-conceived philosophical concepts, the new approach to Scripture as utterly dependable historical narrative stimulated empirical and observational study of the world which God had made.

Covid-19, and society’s response to it, have brought into sharp focus Britain’s abandonment of the Christian faith. A society devoid of faith in the Creator has been reduced to disproportionate levels of fear. Indeed, the manner in which the arrival of vaccines to deal with the virus has been received has particularly exposed the spiritual malaise in the nation. Fixed in this writer’s mind is the Daily Telegraph headline in November last year which included the exuberant words ‘A great day for humanity’. The vaccines have been hailed as nothing less than the nation’s, and indeed the world’s, saviour, and the impression is given that, in comparison, our God-given immune systems are of no consequence whatsoever. This is hardly a balanced approach.

It must be emphasised that this writer is expressing no view whatsoever on whether the Covid-19 vaccine should or should not be taken: that is a personal matter, and it is up to everyone to make their own choice. Nor would he dream of questioning any individual’s decision. It should not, however, be within the State’s domain to arbitrate upon people’s decisions. Nor should the need for a privately thought-through individual choice be compromised by unnecessary social pressures to conform to mainstream thinking.

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