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Scott Youngren is a former agnostic, now Christian apololgist, who runs the anti-atheist website, GodEvidence.com, that is back uploading articles after a roughly one year long hiatus.[note 1] Youngren's website includes a plethora of articles that misconstrue atheist talking points, science, and naturalism as well as others, most notably Charles Darwin and Richard Dawkins (typical). Examples of these can be shown in the articles as follows.
- The darkest secret of science
- Atheistic melts like the Wicked Witch
- The cause of the origin of the universe
- The suicidal tenancies of atheism
- Atheist self-deception
- A history lesson for Darwinists
- Beware of false atheist advertising!
- No God means no justice
- Atheism's problem with evil
- The delusion of Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion
- The No-God Delusion
Without Christianity, there would be no science?
While the title may seem ironic, Youngeren argues that without Christianity, modern science wouldn't be able to thrive. He first insists that "that the purpose of the scientific method is to discover regular, repeatable, and predictable (law-like) patterns in nature, such as the laws of physics, chemistry, and thermodynamics. This is why the scientific method demands that experiments be repeatable. Only a worldview which perceives nature as conforming to laws could give birth to the scientific method." Of course, Youngren believes that such a worldview is a Christian worldview, where he states afterward, "The Christian worldview declares that nature follows the laws instituted by God." He furthers his comments with two quotes by Robert Boyle and James Prescott Joule
“”The nature of this or that body is but the law of God prescribed to it [and] to speak properly, a law [is] but a notional rule of acting according to the declared will of a superior.
“”It is evident that an acquaintance with natural laws means no less than an acquaintance with the mind of God therein expressed.
|—James Prescott Joule|
Youngeren is giving an example of religious scientists. It's a fallacious tactic that Christian apologists use to make seem that religion is valid because intelligent people, like scientists, are religious. Youngerson's claim is asserting:
- 1. The scientific method was given birth to by a worldview which perceives nature as conforming to laws.
- 2. The Christian worldview declares that nature follows the laws instituted by God.
- 3. Two Christian scientists says so.[note 2]
- 4. Therefore, Christianity helped give birth to the scientific method.
This of course, also ignores the several contributions that was made even before the Common Era, where scientists and philosophers put rationalism forth to answer questions about nature that eventually led up to the modern scientific method.
Futhermore, Youngeren provides a quote from Nancy Pearcey's book, The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy which basically repeats his point.
Youngeren continues by mentioning several other Christian scientists and philosophers to why science needed Christianity to survive, including Francis Bacon, Sir Isaac Newton, Gregor Mendel, Paul Davies, Melvin Calvin, etc.
- Scott Youngerson. Without Christianity, There Would Be No Science GodEvidence.com August 27, 2016. (Retrieved December 9, 2018)
- See the Wikipedia article on History of scientific method.
“”Science “demands some kind of unique soil in which to flourish.” Deprived of that soil, it is “as capable of decay and death as any other human activity, such as a religion or a system of government.” What is that unique soil? [Science writer Lauren] Eiseley identifies it, somewhat reluctantly, as the Christian faith. “In one of those strange permutations of which history yields occasional rare examples,” he says, “it is the Christian world which finally gave birth in a clear, articulate fashion to the experimental method of science itself.”
Eiseley is not alone in observing that the Christian faith in many ways inspired the birth of modern science. Science historians have developed a renewed respect for the Middle Ages, including a renewed respect for the Christian worldview culturally and intellectually dominant during that period. Today a wide range of scholars recognize that Christianity provided both intellectual presuppositions and moral sanction for the development of modern science.Science is the study of nature, and the possibility of science depends upon one’s attitude toward nature. Biblical religion gave to Western culture several of its fundamental assumptions about the natural world. To begin with, the Bible teaches that nature is real. If this seems too obvious to mention, recall that many belief systems regard nature as unreal. Various forms of pantheism and idealism teach that finite, particular things are merely “appearances” of the One, the Absolute, the Infinite. Individuality and separateness are illusions. Hinduism, for instance, teaches that the everyday world of material objects is maya, illusion. It is doubtful whether a philosophy that so denigrates the material world would be capable of inspiring the careful attention to it that is so necessary for science.
—Nancy Pearcey, The Soul of Science: Christian Faith and Natural Philosophy