Our proudest accomplishment
Moving on. Science, Pinker says, is the proudest accomplishment of our species. Science is distinguished from reason in general by two ideals. The world is both intelligible and observation and evidence are the basis of understanding it. He defends science against claims that it is to blame for problems such as racism or eugenics. And he calls for science and the humanities to be more integrated, to the benefit of both, rather than seeing themselves as being at odds or in competition.
Not from matter, but from mind
But reason and science come not from matter, but from mind, that which is fitting for a Christian theistic worldview more than an atheistic one. Modern science, leading to technology, owes its existence to the Christian worldview. Virtually every major subdiscipline was founded by a committed apprentice of Jesus. Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, developed genotype and phenotype traits while playing with pea pods in his monastery. Carl Linnaeus was the father of taxonomy. Louis Pasteur gave us bacteriology. Robert Boyle, the father of chemistry. Johannes Kepler is noted for astronomy. Isaac Newton began with the assumption of a moral law and predicted laws of physics according to which he began to test. His faith both informed and inspired what eventuated in Newtonian physics.
Not at odds
Not only does history reveal that Christianity and science were not at odds, it reveals that Christianity spawned modern science. More than a fact of history, this history is best explained by a worldview that begins with Mind, not matter, and that includes beings created in God’s image capable of mapping onto the external world, abstracting information, drawing inferences, and developing technology. Christians believed that God was the ground of rationality and had given human beings minds to discover his glory in the created order.
At home in Christianity
Ratio is the Latin for “reason.” It is derived from the Greek, logos, from which we get our word “logic.” John’s Gospel begins in Greek, “In the beginning was the Word (logos), and the logos was with God and the logos was God… the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Jesus is not only the central figure in human history defining love, but logic as well. Reason, science, and human value (Christian humanism), are more at home in Christianity than in secular humanism.
Most in the west don’t realize the richness of their heritage. Secular humanists like Pinker are living on the borrowed capital of the Christian worldview.
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 George Marsden, The Soul of the American University: From Protestant Establishment to Established Non-belief (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 43.
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