Monday, February 25, 2019

Christianity, Science, and Repeatability


by Robert C. Frank

Young research scientists are taught to repeat their experiments many times to see if they get the same results every time, because verification of truth in science is established when anyone and everyone gets the same results. We can take pictures on the surface of the planet Mars because electromagnetic radiation behaves the same way on Mars as it does on Earth.

I believe that Christianity has spread over the entire surface of the earth, not because every event in the Christian literature can be repeated, but because of the consistency in the understanding of the events and teachings. A simple example is the fact that the Ten Commandments and the two summarized by Jesus apply very well to human life in the world today. When obeyed they produce better lives. The death and resurrection of Jesus cannot be repeated today, but the assurance of forgiveness associated with it is vital to successful civilization today.

A famous physicist by the name of Paul E. Sabine once wrote the following in his book, Atoms, Men and God1:“Jesus declaration of a God of love can only command acceptance in so far as it can be verified in the inner experience of men and women and find objective expression in their lives.” A summary of what he is saying is that the validity of what Jesus taught is in the fact that his followers consistently lead better lives. They have problems like everyone else but are better able to cope with their problems. I found that to be true in my life as a scientist and a Christian.

1. Sabine, Paul E., Atoms, Men, and God, Philosophical Library, New York, N.Y. 1953 p. 217