The Paradox of Faith & Empiricism of the “Faithful”

Most Evangelicals' notion of faith would be rebuked by Christ as heretical and Denounced by scientists as anti-scientific.

Virtually all Bible verses have a common theme. This pattern is one of the few consistencies between the old and the new testaments. All of these verses are hostile towards empiricism. 

Empiricism is a fancy academic term but it’s something modern citizens adhere to on a daily basis. Empiricism is a philosophical theory that states that all knowledge is derived from sense-experience. 

Faith and empiricism are mutually exclusive.
They were adamant that answers to scientific questions based solely on factors other than evidence are unwise.

It was developed in the 17th and 18th centuries by Enlightenment thinkers like John Locke, George Berkeley and David Hume. 

These philosophers had an incredible impact on we think today. Empiricism is a foundational element of the modern scientific method. Without it, science as we know it today wouldn’t exist. As you know, the scientific method prescribes that all hypotheses and theories must be tested against evidence of the natural world – either through experiments or observation.

Empiricists have always believed that evidence and reason are the keys to understanding the world around us. They strongly value a posteriori knowledge, which refers to knowledge based on experience of empirical evidence. .

Don't confuse doubt with piety.

Humans are like detectives. We love to solve the mystery of the world around us with evidence. Empiricists believed that a priori knowledge should not be relied on when trying to scientifically understand the world. 

A priori knowledge refers to knowledge that is derived independently from experience, such as mathematical truths, divine inspiration or revlation,, and deductions from pure reason. 

Empiricists of the 16th century and the scientists of today are deeply skeptical of knowledge derived from intuition or revelation, which is exactly how the Bible urges us to gain understanding of the cosmology that we inhibit. 

Christians are called to believe in a system of beliefs that are not empirically verifiable. This creates a giant schism between the domain of science and the domain of religion. The currency of religion is faith and the currency of science is evidence. The former has nothing to do with the latter.

Anyone that tries to prove that every part of the Bible is historically accurate or tries to combat any scientific consensus that threatens a literal interpretation of the Bible is not practicing faith. They are practicing doubt. They are like the disciple Thomas, who refused to believe that Jesus was resurrected when he was told about it by his fellow apostles. He needed evidence because he lacked faith. He said that he wanted to see the nail marks in his hands and put the fingers where the nails were. To believe in something without evidence was foolish to Thomas. I have a feeling that Thomas was the favored apostle among the Enlightenment empiricists.

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