Evangelicals have been accused of rejecting reason in a new book written by two professors who claim to be Christian. They say Evangelicals have abandoned reason in part because “They have been scarred by the elimination of prayer in schools; the removal of nativity scenes from public places; the increasing legitimacy of abortion and homosexuality; the persistence of pornography and drug abuse; and acceptance of
other religions and of atheism.”
In their new book, The Evangelical Rejection of Reason,
professors Karl W. Giberson and Randall J. Stephens attack
the evangelical community for not accepting man made global warming, not suppressing any ideas that are contrary to evolutionary theory, and for not simply just conforming God to the image of currently touted scientific theory.
The supposition that evangelical response is due to the idea that we are losing the battle to the culture demonstrates lack of understanding of both faith and science. Evangelical scientists do not embrace Intelligent Design because they are upset over the “the removal of nativity scenes from public
places;” Evangelicals need not be compelled to justify why they would examine multiple theories for the development
of life on earth to determine the merits of each, it is incumbent upon other scientists to justify why they would restrict scientific investigation and still claim to be scientists.
Some of the same scientists who would deny true scientific inquiry are the ones who ostracized Dan Shechtman when he discovered a new form of crystal known as quasicrystals. He lost job and career to the ridicule of the “scientific” community. In 2011 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Dan Shechtman for the discovery of quasicrystals.
Nearly every litmus test that Charles Darwin put upon his theory of evolution has failed, yet many cling to faith in it.
Karl Giberson and Randall Stehens claim that evangelicals have lost objectivity and reason because they are ”scarred by the elimination of prayer in schools; the removal of nativity scenes from public places; the increasing legitimacy of abortion and homosexuality; the persistence of pornography and drug abuse; and acceptance of other religions and of atheism.”
One wonders why self-professed Christians such as these men are not scarred by the increasing legitimacy of abortion and homosexuality? Why are they not scarred by persistence of pornography and drug abuse? Why are they not broken hearted along with evangelicals that many are moving away from Christ to other religions and atheism?
If one claims reason and science and rejects inquiry and investigation, how can one claim to be a reasonable scientist?
If one claims Christ and does not let Him inform their life, what are their claims worth?