The Relation Of Theology To Other Sciences. -- By: Anonymous
BSac 33:130 (April 1876) p. 288
The Relation Of Theology To Other Sciences.
The present age is characterized by a tendency of scientific men to throw suspicion over the trustworthiness of the Bible. The prevalence of such a suspicion blunts the edge of biblical appeals. “If Christianity may be a fable, then I need not care for its promises or threatenings”; this is the natural exclamation of many a young man who hears that some new discoveries in science have proved the Bible to be false. The bare suspicion, not less than the positive belief, that the Bible is false, weakens its practical authority.
To many minds Christianity seems to be in danger from recent theories of scientific men. We believe this seeming to be no reality. So far forth as these theories are true, they harmonize with the essential spirit of Christianity. So far forth as they are in conflict with this spirit, they are not true. A narrow view of science may lead a man into infidelity; a broader view will lead him back to the Bible. The more profound our studies become, so much the clearer will it be that certain speculations in science which have threatened to encourage scepticism are really aids to faith; and that other speculations which are in irreconcilable
BSac 33:130 (April 1876) p. 289
variance with the divine word are equally at variance with sound logic.
Men in general, however, do not addict themselves to profound study on religious themes. They may be led into the right way by well-instructed guides, or into the wrong way by sophistical reasoners. There are merchants, and merchants’ clerks, and youthful mechanics who affect to disbelieve in the authenticity of Genesis, in the narratives of miracles, in regeneration by the Holy Spirit, in the efficacy of prayer, and in all supernatural providences, because there are said to be philosophers who have discovered that there is no personal God; or that, if there be such a Spirit, he never interposes his own volition between one and another of the fixed laws of nature. There are young men in our halls of learning who are inclined to relieve themselves from the restraints of their religious education, because they cannot answer the arguments which are said to disprove the freedom of the will, the authority of conscience, the immutable difference between right and wrong, the immateriality and immortality of the soul. These tendencies to pantheism, or atheism, or scepticism, or some other form of infidelity ought to be arrested. In order to arrest them, the harmony between theology and the secular sciences ought to be distinctly shown; our pastors ought not only to perceive this harmony, but also to aid their sceptical or inquisitive hearers in perceiving it; the young men in our theological schools oug...
Click here to subscribe