WASHINGTON, Nov 3, 2015 — The progressive left continues to distort Dr. Ben Carson’s positions on hot-button science issues — evolution, climate change and abortion — to depict him as irrational, ignorant and mentally ill. They demean his unapologetic and increasingly popular #IamaChristian stance as part of their long-standing attack on the relationship of faith with science and with public life, and on faith in God itself.
The truth is there is no conflict between science and faith. The Judeo-Christian worldview recognizes God as the creator. Science helps us understand God’s creation and apply what we learn to make the world a better place.
Think about it this way. God is the perfect Father. God takes great pleasure when human beings, His children, figure out how creation works. Think about the joy you felt when your child put Legos together into some incredibly creative design. That’s how God must feel when we turn iron ore into skyscrapers or oil into plastics, fertilizer and energy. Remember the pride you felt when your kids understood multiplication? That’s how God feels when we understand the mysteries of physics.
We all learn over time and make mistakes along the way. We should take great joy in discovering facts about God’s creation that make life better. We should be humble enough to accept that we don’t know it all and that we won’t always get it right. God is God, after all, and we are not.
The Judeo-Christian tradition teaches that God created people to be partners with Him in caring for creation. Science plays a vital role in helping us do that.
Creation and evolution: While science thinks it will answer our questions about life’s meaning and beginning, faith has already answered them. Life was created by God. Life’s meaning comes from love.
God revealed much about creation in two accounts in the Book of Genesis. The secrets of creation are also found in nature that continue to unfold before us. We still don’t know how we got from “The Beginning” to today. Was it over billions of years, six days or somewhere in between? Humans and other life forms have changed over time, but how? Even the staunchest evolutionists and leading physicists keep adapting their theories as new discoveries are made. Each discovery gives us a greater appreciation of life and God’s universe. Faith encourages us to study on.
Climate change: Do humans affect the climate? Of course. Is it the biggest problem we have? No. The problem here is a lack of a long-term perspective. Geological evidence indicates there were ice ages, warming trends, and perhaps great floods millennia ago, but people have been tracking climate conditions with any degree of accuracy only since the late 19th century. Climate change advocates base their proposals on flawed statistical models rather than solid statistical evidence. A rational person understands that these projections are too inconclusive to make far-reaching, potentially economically damaging policy changes.
The rational response to this is to do what humans have always done: use our God-given inquisitiveness, creativity and talents to find ways to improve things. How can we use our growing technological capabilities to provide for humanity’s energy needs now and in the future?
Ever since we discovered fire, people have kept warm and lit up the night by burning what was available: trees, olive oil, beeswax, coal, whale oil, petroleum and natural gas. We now use hydroelectric power and nuclear power, and we are beginning to harness the power of the sun, the wind and the tides. Faith encourages us to keep inventing.
Abortion: The ancients knew where babies come from. The abortion debate is about when a baby’s life matters. Faith tells us life begins at conception. Recent discoveries confirm that the entire complement of DNA required to make a human being is there at the moment of conception. Faith and science agree that’s when life begins, even if some refuse to see it. Faith demands that all life matters.
Dr. Carson is a man of faith and reason. His God-given intelligence helps him understand how the human brain works, how to repair it and how to help it heal. His humble observations of the majesty and mystery of the human body have led him to the logical conclusion that creation has an intelligent designer.
Carson has studied the scientific issues facing our world today and reached his own conclusions, based on faith and reason, that he holds with many others. He does not reject science, but embraces it and seeks to enhance its discoveries. The truth is that faith is not anti-science, but puts science in its proper place to glorify God and serve humanity.