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On a recent trip to Scotland I saw  a chair at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. On it lays an inscription with the following words, set there by the request  of Sir William Hamilton: "The greatest thing in the world is man; and the greatest thing in man is mind." With such warm and true praise a sinful and proud man might become puffed up like an iguana displaying itself before the blazing sun. In seeking to know, in pursuing science, thoughtful, Biblical, balance is a definite need.

The word science stems from the Latin "scire" meaning 'to know'. That means every human has the capacity for staggering scientific genius, for we are made to know. In encouraging our children to develop their talents we need to remember, contrary to the self-esteem movement, that we humans are extremely  prideful, and science is notorious for perfecting such pride. scripture puts it like this: “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up".(1 Corinthians 8:1). Since Eve we all think we know better. Children take after parents.  

Unfortunately, humility is distinctly absent in much of what is portrayed as science. Many Christians are understandably revolted by the public pride and blasphemy of countless scientists, the intolerable arrogance, and would not want their children to end up like that. Each show in the government funded TV series 'Cosmos' began with this insulting aphorism: "The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be." This deeply religious statement, the spirit of which is exceedingly common, is a mockery of the truth (Revelation 1:8), deifies the cosmos and arrogates to scientists omniscience, which is the prerogative of God alone.

Pride is ugly, repulsive. It reeks of hell. Many Christians react to what is mistakenly advertised as science by turning away from science. This is a mistake. It is no coincidence, and a shame, that many colleges of Christian persuasion do not have physics, the most exact of the sciences, available as a program of study. Hostility, even ambivalence, as if the physical sciences are without positive value, is not a good position from which to seek to instill in our children a love of science. Ironically, biology is popular in Christian colleges, yet the theory of evolution, not strictly a science, but a religion, dominates the worldview of modern biology. And whether rightly or no, evolution is equated with science.

It is a good en devour for Christians to do science to the glory of God. The objects of science include knowledge of our world, satisfaction of inborn curiosity, love of truth, and observation of His power and divine excellence. By its definition, since God is the God of truth, the pursuit of science is a pursuit of God. This is the message that we as parents must get across to their children. 

Of course, the worldly vision of science enormously complicates this task.Evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin caters to the flesh when he explains how the love of science comes from the love to exercise our power. "It is not the truth," he says, "which makes you free. It is your possession of the power to discover the truth."  Never, says Christ, who is the Truth, is this the case. To the contrary, He says in John 8:32, "The truth shall make you free." Lewontin, among many others, serves as an example of how our sinful nature necessitates that we pursue science on our knees.

Some seek science as an exercise of their pride and power, building Towers of Babel to proclaim their greatness. Others love opinions rather than truth, taking pleasure in pageant and the applause of men. Others love talking. For them, science is a helpful foil on which to display their intelligence. Others just want a job in a well-paying field. Still others, like Lewontin, try to use science to mock God and urge deranged dogmas. Whatever the reason, parents need to be aware that mere diligence and patience in study is not enough. If our children are motivated to study parents should pray they do so, or will come to do so, for the sake of love.
WilliamC WilliamC 61-65, M Jun 12, 2012

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