Science as a Christian Vocation

Robert Niedringhaus

Article Type: Perspective

Publication Date: 7/1/1993

Issue: Faith, Science, Technology (Vol. 13, No 3, Summer, 1993)

Christian faith is meaningless to some scientists because it seems to violate those principles they hold dear; that is, in faith there is a preceding commitment to belief without experimentation and no opportunity to test hypotheses about whether they are true. Conversely, to the Christian, scientific endeavor sometimes seems to ignore the spiritual dimensions in life and to threaten biblical beliefs. Many great scientists, however, including Copernicus and Galileo, did not subscribe to this dualistic view of the world; instead they affirmed two paths to truth which complemented each other. As my life in medicine and faith unfolds, this has certainly been my experience.

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