Does following science instead of religion give superior
THE HUMANIST'S CLAIM IS That: Science
White states that despite
all the prayers, rituals, and other religious activities performed throughout
the centuries, the frequency and severity of plagues did not diminish until scientific
hygiene made its appearance. In regard to the hygienic improvements instituted
during the second half of the nineteenth century, White explains: The sanitary
authorities have in half a century done far more to reduce the rate of disease
and death than has been done in fifteen hundred years by all the fetiches which
theological reasoning could devise or ecclesiastical power enforce.
superior results of using science instead of religion can be seen in many other
fields. Humanists therefore accept the scientific view that this world operates
under unvarying natural laws that cannot be suspended by religious rituals or
If you haven't already done so, please read
the page about Andrew White. He is not a trustworthy authority.
question is, does following science instead of religion give superior results?
The answer is.... it depends. But, did you notice what the humanist did? He
has changed topics. We're now talking about religion in general, not the Bible
and Christianity. Maybe by "religion" they are exclusively referring
to Christianity... but we don't know. The list of activities alluded to above
(and given in the previous chapter) are religious activities, not Christian. If
the question is, is science superior to religion, the answer is yes. But, if the
question is, is science superior to the Bible or God? The answer is no.
someone quotes extensively from a book, I like to read that book. When you do
that youll see that Andrew White's presupposition is that science and religion
are in conflict, and one must triumph over the other. And by religion
or theology he is referring g to Christianity. No other religion is
discussed in his book.
and more I saw that it was the conflict between two epochs in the evolution of
human thought--the theological and the scientific." -- Andrew D. White,
"History Of The Warfare of Science With Theology in Christendom,"
from the Introduction.
The theory that science and Christianity
in particular are in conflict is a false theory. They are seen to be in conflict
only by people who desire that the creator God of the Bible not exist. And to
deny God means some empirical evidence must also be ignored, such as the supernatural.
Christianity is about truth, Science is supposed to be about seeking the truth
(knowledge) about our world. They are in perfect harmony. If you turn away from
the truth of scripture, you invariably must turn away from the truth of science.
They go together.
What's Wrong With This Humanist Claim?
on what we've already discussed you should know what is wrong with this humanist
accusation... what is it?
Throughout the centuries, other than the Jews,
people did not follow the principles for sanitation, hygiene, and health laid
out in the Mosaic law in the Bible. What did science "discover" that
made a major improvement in fighting disease? Plague had been sweeping across
Europe, peaking in the mid-14th century. What stopped the plague was the "discovery"
of quarantine, as we know it, began during the 14th century in an effort to protect
coastal cities from plague epidemics. Ships arriving in Venice from infected ports
were required to sit at anchor for 40 days before landing. This practice, called
quarantine, was derived from the Italian words quaranta giorni which mean 40 days."
- Centers for Disease Control
However, as we saw on previous pages, quarantine
was taught in the Bible thousands of years before human "science: discovered
Andrew White, as referenced by the humanist, claims that introduction
of scientific hygiene ended the plagues. Lets get some facts on the history
of hygiene from the Hygiene
For Health web site:
Englands population increased rapidly but its number of toilets did not.
Most human waste made its way into cesspools, dung-heaps, cellars or the street.
Waste and garbage made its way into rivers, polluting the water and giving rise
to foul odours. In 1842 public health reformer Sir Edwin Chadwick published his
Sanitary Health Report. As a result the 1848 Public Health Act was instituted,
followed by the 1866 Sanitary Act, making local authorities responsible for sanitary
regulation including sewage disposal, water supply and housing density & occupancy,
and introducing penalties for persons suffering from dangerous infectious diseases
who endangered others in public places."
go back about 3,100 years before the 18th century. Back to the days of Moses,
when Gods hygiene laws were first written down.
before the existence of medical science and the field of micro-biology, there
existed rules in the Old Testament for good community hygiene, and also a meticulous
protocol that was mandated to prevent the spread of contagious diseases.
Larry Ball, Quarantine
Laws and the Bible.
White specifically refers to improvements
made by sanitary authorities. So let's get specific. What does the
Bible say about sanitation, and specifically the biggest sanitation problem, the
disposal of human waste?
a place outside the camp where you can go to relieve yourself. As part of your
equipment have something to dig with, and when you relieve yourself dig a hole
and cover up your excrement. Deuteronomy 23:12-13
is the main principle taught here? Keep human waste separate from humans.
Dispose of it away from where you live, and in a way such as to prevent people
from coming into contact with human waste. Those are the foundational sanitation
What about after someone becomes sick, or some has an infection?
How should that be handled?
is important to note that even when there was reasonable suspicion that a person
had an infectious disease, there was a definite amount of days of quarantine required
during the detection period (Lev. 13: 26, 33). If the infection was eventually
identified as a communicable disease then his personal effects were to be destroyed
with fire (Lev.13:55), and even his house was to be torn down and taken outside
the camp (Lev. 14:45). If the infection was not contagious, then there was a rather
elaborate ritual in order to give thanks to God.
Larry Ball, Quarantine
Laws and the Bible.
What science didnt discover
until the 19th century, the Bible was describing 3,100 years earlier. Regular
hand washing, bathing, food safety, quarantine were all part of Gods instructions
for healthy living in 1300 B.C. People ignored Gods instructions and followed
human wisdom, the science of their day, and got sick and died.
this throughout history. Obey God and live. Disobey (or ignore) God and die.
People disobeyed God concerning hygiene and sanitation, and the result was sickness
and death. Did God impose this as a penalty? No. People refused the protection
God offered... the protection that comes from obeying God. Without God's protection,
there was death.
When the science of hygiene and sanitation came into alignment
with God's laws, humanity was blessed with less pain and death, and greater and
more abundant life.
Yes, the institution of scientific hygiene has been
an incredible benefit to mankind. That we now have modern sanitation and medicine,
and we understand how to prevent and cure many diseases is a true blessing and
not to be belittled. But dont belittle the Bible and Christianity either.
God gave us the answers thousands of years ago
and we chose not to believe
Him. Here is one final example from scripture, this time of quarantine:
But if the bright spot is white on the skin of
his body, and it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and the hair on it
has not turned white, then the priest shall isolate him who has the infection
for seven days. - Leviticus 13:4
The humanist claims concerning science being superior to the Bible are without
The next humanist claim:
And Humanists esteem highly those who study this world and provide a better understanding
of it. Unlike the theologians who focus on influencing supposed supernatural powers,
persons using a scientific outlook have enabled great progress to be made in reducing
misery and increasing happiness.
We've also talked about this one
previously. But since they brought it up again, we'll
go over it again. Click here.