December 01, 2023

Faith and Science

This from Vincent Thomas Ignatious:

Many believe that faith and reason, or religion and science, contradict each other. They see God or faith in Him, as irrational, since God cannot be proven to exist with our limited understanding and limited science.
However, we are learning more about our universe, and advances in our understanding of science, such as seen in Quantum physics, is thinning the line between faith and science. They do not contradict each other, but compliment each other.
One of the things I love about the Catholic Church is its dedication to truth, the scientific method, and it's natural skepticism to claims of the supernatural. For miracles to be accepted, there is a long process the church goes through to either validate it or reject it.
In cases of alleged demonic possession, the church goes through an exhaustive process. They delve into the medical and psychological history of the subject. Only when all earthly explanations are ruled out, they then look for known signs of the demonic, such as knowledge of events or personal information of others which the subject possesses that he or she could not have possibly known. Speaking in a foreign language, usually Latin, is another sign.
Then, even after all that, a bishop has to give the okay to a priest to perform the ritual of exorcism.
The Shroud of Turin, seen by many as the burial cloth of Christ, is another example. As our science and testing improves, there seems to be little doubt that it is indeed, the burial cloth of Jesus. Yet the church refuses to take a stand on it. It only says that it is an object worthy of meditation and a reminder of what Christ suffered for us.
Moreover, most of the biggest scientific discoveries were made by Catholic priests and laymen, who were motivated by their faith in a Creator, and saw the understanding of science and the universe as a service to God.
The Big Bang Theory was discovered by a Catholic priest.
Hospitals and universities were started by the Catholic Church. Classical education was and is highly valued by the Church. To this day, the education and curriculum in Catholic seminaries is second to none.
The claim that God does not exist because our sciences can't detect Him is what's irrational.
If God did create us and this universe, which includes space, time and matter, such a Creator exists outside of space, time, and matter. He has no beginning and no end. He cannot be measured or studied by a science limited to space, time, and matter.
We experience time as lineal...past, present, and future. Quantum Mechanics tells us that is a type of illusion. That time...past, present, and future, all happen together as one. We experience it as lineal.
QM also tells us matter is made up of mostly empty space. Solid objects have more empty space than solid matter.
There is so much we don't know. We are in our infancy of scientific understanding, and we have the hubris to claim God does not exist because we, in our infancy and extremely limited understanding, cannot detect him. Is that rational?
If God exists, created us, loves us, and wanted a personal relationship with us, how would He communicate His nature to us? We, with such limited minds and knowledge?
He would tell us that faith is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things not seen...or understood. He would tell us that unless we become child like in our embrace of Him, we cannot enter the Kingdom of God, or His kingdom cannot enter us.
Pope John Paul II wrote a book called faith and reason. I hear it's a very good book. That will be my next read.
May the God who is greater than our sciences and above it, pierce the walls of resistance we built in our hubris and fear, and grace us with the knowledge of His immeasurable love for us.

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