Life as an Extreme Sport

Faith, Science and The Art of Proof

Did a strong wind along the Gulf of Suez part the Red Sea? Did a freak meterological event cause a patch of ice on the Sea of Galilee, allowing Jesus to walk on it? Does it really matter? According to this article, no, it doesn’t.

And while I find myself agreeing with the article, I also disagree with it. Yes, for situations like whether or not the Red Sea parted or Jesus walked on water, or other matters of faith, that are oral traditions written down, there is no science in the world that will be able to prove what happened. All we know is that some people a while back believed it, and chose to continue telling it. And maybe that’s all we need to know; leave context such as cultural values and other oral stories to the scientists specializing in those fields, and remove the meterology from the question to begin with.

That said, I do see validity in dealing with objects like the Shroud of Turin or the Dead Sea Scrolls in a scientific manner. Figure out their date, their authenticity, and what’s going on. There were way too many artificats generated during the very dishonest dark ages in continental Europe; let’s at least make sure what’s being dealt with is at least somewhat near what the claim is. But, these are tangibles, things that can be tested, held, examined. They’re not intangible stories, but solid matter to be scientifically studied.

As noted, science and religion don’t play by the same rules. Attempting to squeeze one into the rules system of the other does nothing more than underscore the fact that science and religion serve very different and distinct functions within our lives.