Our book Antidisestablishmentarianism has one section defining Secular Humanism and another section defining Science. Even pulled out and available as separate books, they are still too lengthy for the average reader. This is a simple overview.
You do not have to be a Christian to have a Christian view of Science. Neither do you have to be a Secular Humanist to have a Secular Humanist view of Science.
Once of the most well-known champions of Christian Science was the Deist, Albert Einstein. Honestly, Albert Einstein changed his views about God as he grew older, so classifying what he believed about God is difficult. But his famous and often-repeated “God doesn’t play dice with the universe” quote is a solid defense of the Christian view of Science.
What this statement means is that God created the universe orderly. We as humans have the responsibility to follow the rules and guidelines God gave us. Since we, as finite human beings, have a limited view of the universe, we do not know everything. God is both Creator and is in control. The universe follows orderly rules, though individual events might be or at least seem to be chaotic.
The Karl Poppler/Richard Dawkins/Stephen Hawking’s Secular Humanist view of Science champions the chaotic randomness of Quantum Mechanics. It is popularized by the Stephen Hawking phrase, “Not only does God play dice, but He often throws them in places we cannot find.”
In this view, there is no ultimate purpose to the universe. The Epicureans popularized it in the Greco-Roman world. The prophet Isaiah summed up this view with “Behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.” Isaiah 22:13
In the Christian view of Science, events might appear to be random, but there is an underlying order and ultimate purpose. In the Secular Humanist view of Science, events might appear to be orderly, but the universe is ultimately chaotic and without purpose.
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