Christian Worldview Essay

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Christian Worldview and The Scientific Method Patrick A. Sims Liberty University Research Methods 503-D14 Dr. Heckler Introduction During the 20th century, science, with its many and varied fields of study, witnessed the decline of influence from Judeo-Christian values. Kuta (2010), addressing the practice of medicine, states, “Physicians have changed from relying upon divine revelation for truth and guidance to relying upon reason and experimentation to determine truth” (p. 9). This statement is alarming as it confirms that science is replacing the universal truth of a Christian worldview, which acted as a catalyst for its rise, with imperfect human reasoning through the use of the scientific method. Kim, McCalman, and Fisher (2012) state, “Instead of questioning the veracity of Christian doctrine or religious claims, we simply consign religion to the sphere of private truth (upper floor), which takes it out of the realm of true and false altogether” (p. 2). This divergence from Christian doctrine and thus universal truth places the effectiveness of the scientific method in doubt as it is subject to human nature and its inherent imperfection. Kim et al. (2012) acknowledge this fact stating, “Over time, human reason essentially replaced God in determining moral laws. For instance, under utilitarianism moral issues were no longer based on God’s Word, or transcendent truth but on practicality” (p. 3). This modification of truth to a form of relativism; however, is not regulated to modern times. In His conversation with Pilate, Jesus said, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate (John 18:37-38, New International Version). On this encounter, Zacharias (2006) stated, “When Pilate looked at Jesus and
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