A question I have is since science must take as its starting out point some kind of logic or reason, then does this necessarily exclude from the scientific mind any notion of the miraculous of which religious belief is founded upon?
If a scientist believes that Jesus, for example, rose from the dead and made appearances then doesn't this contradict the kind of work that the scientist must do qua
scientist? My real question is how can these two views be reconciled (if at all) within the mind-set of science? I know that in Japan there is an apparently harmonious co-existence between the theological beliefs of the Japanese people and the modern scientific outlook (of which they are pretty good at) but I am not sure if Christianity can survive the scientific outlook because the contradiction between Christian theology -the Bible- and the scientific method seems more pronounced.
There are a lot of people who write for certain influential publications and publish best selling books in America who believe fervently in science and as a consequence (so they imply) they look upon those who do believe in Christ or the Bible as being backwards
type of folks and out of date. It is apparent that these self-styled "progressive" thinkers hold fast to the idea that modern science and Christianity are irreconcileable and that science is destined to conquer the "backward" Christians, but I'm not so sure. It may actually be that Christianity can, in principle at least, survive the scientific outlook (whether it can survive the fashionable progressive onslaught is another matter entirely). I mean the Bible may go out of fashion but that doesn't mean that it is innately incompatible with science.
And also, to be modern
: what does it mean to say or think that one is modern (as opposed to those more primitive less technological "backward" folk who live in the scientifically undeveloped parts of the globe) or even post
-modern-? What does it really mean when one considers oneself to be a modern, sophisticated type of person? Is modernity ultimately a privation from a retrograde God?
Can one be Christian and modern simultaneously? Can the two co-exist in harmony? If not, will the modern, sophsticated people end up going completely insane?
(as did Nietzsche, that proto-typical tempter of nihilism par excellance,
who came before them and who leads the way through his writing) -- is it possible that the whole nation, with its ultra-modern desires, could end up going insane in this secular epoch
of sophisticated progress? And are we already half-way there? I mean does being too this-worldly, too well-informed
for hoary faith equate to a special kind of mass
insanity ? Maybe "mankind without God"
is the classical recipie for psychological extremism and abnormal actions in the social context and the political sphere-? These questions I ponder.
I know this is a broad topic, maybe too broad, but it is something that I've been wondering about for a while now. Maybe someone could just explain how it is possible that a scientifically oriented person can also get away with believing in miracles or the God of religion without falling into contradiction - ?