Donâ€™t you hate it when people make all sorts of religious claims that they canâ€™t back up? Do you wonder, even marvel on occasion about how many people have made radical change in their lives on the basis of some alleged â€œtruthâ€?
It is the modern way, after all, to base our lives entirely on claims that can be proven. This is why we have learned to trust in science rather than God.
*(editorial adjustment – I am not intending to villify science or scientists here, but rather want to challenge the pulpit from whence American Culture would have science be the preacher)
Houston, we have a problem.
This weekâ€™s Journal of the American Medical Association reports a Harvard study that concluded that â€œa high intake of foods such as cereals, fruits and vegetables did not lower colon cancer risk.â€ Why, we have known for years that a diet high in fiber would reduce the risk of colon cancer! How did we know this? Scientists told us.
Oh My Galileo! What are we to do? Perhaps last yearâ€™s science did not have the last word on how we ought to live.
Neither did last yearâ€™s religion. In fact, there is a sense in which the last word on how we ought to live was uttered nearly 2000 years ago by Jesus when he said â€œGo thou and do likewise.â€
Then again, there is a sense in which we have to keep on re wording that for other people to hear. Or, even better, perhaps if we were actually to â€œgo and do likewise,â€ the debate between science and religion might actually become interesting rather than bitter.