There is a meme running rampant on social media. It says, “Philosophy is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat. Metaphysics is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat that isn’t there. Theology is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat that isn’t there and shouting ‘I found it!’ Science is like being in a dark room and looking for a black cat using a flashlight.”
Besides demonstrating a fundamental misunderstanding of what science is, this mostly demonstrates the perverse worship the left has taken to giving science. Anyone who has actually studied the scientific method or the history of science can tell you that philosophy and metaphysics are core components of science, and religion itself is the father of all of these schools of thought. Regardless, we’ll try to take an unbiased look and compare the reliability of religion and science in searching for truth.
A History Lesson
It should go without saying that religion came before modern science. Religion is at least as old as recorded history, and every study of humanity shows that societies from the start were built on morality principled in theology.
It is even suspected that written word itself was developed for the purpose of religion. To try and identify the ultimate root of religion is currently impossible for historians, so it should suffice to say that it came first.
Modern science got its first roots in ancient Greece. The famous Greek philosophers used their study of logic to create a methodical approach to searching for truth for the first time. Aristotle is considered the father of modern science when he took to writing down classifications and essentially created taxonomy.
Science really gained steam in the world during the European Renaissance. It was then that the scientific method was widely embraced and employed to try and further understand and, eventually, technology.
Anyone who would condemn religion as unscientific would be forgetting that all of modern science was built by church-sponsored individuals. Copernicus, Mendel, Ockham, Falloppio, Galileo, Pascal, Steno, Boyle, Newton, Kepler, Ampere, Riemann, Faraday and Maxwell (to name only a few of the most famous names on a long list) were all sponsored by religious institutions for their studies.
Just within these names are the foundations of electrodynamics, thermodynamics, calculus, physics, chemistry, genetics, astronomy, anatomy and modern logic. All of the founding blocks of science were built by and for major Christian churches.
The Progressive Agenda
So, why does all of this matter? Surely you have faced the progressive narrative that is so determined to paint all religions and churches as evil, relying on the suggestion that science can be the only provider of real truth. This narrative is just the lynchpin in their attempt to seize the moral high ground on every topic. Logical discourse isn’t necessary when you’re arguing against Hitler.
The saddest part of the whole approach is that they destroy themselves with their own logic and simultaneously don’t care. Science is so intertwined with theology that the two are actually inseparable. Consider these statistics to drive the point home. Of all Nobel Laureates in history, 72.5 percent identified as Christian. Well over half of all prize winners in chemistry, physics, medicine and economics have been of Christian faith and subscribed to creationism.
Making the point even stronger is the fact that every core tenet of modern science is currently wrong. Every attempt to describe the effect of gravity falls apart on either the cosmic or quantum scale. Every equation that relates electric force, spontaneous attraction or thermal interaction fails to describe situations in one extreme or another.
Science, as it exists today, can generally predict a lot of interactions without being able to adequately answer why a single time. It is a useful tool for taking a systematic approach to understanding, but every expert inevitably makes incorrect assessments and predictions. You have seen countless examples in the last year alone. As useful as it is, modern science is inherently incapable of being the faultless god the progressives seek.
To fix the quote from before, Philosophy is like recognizing the dark and wishing to understand it. Science is inventing a flashlight to explore it. Metaphysics is leaving the flashlight behind to look for even deeper ways to search the dark. Theology is recognizing the virtue in exploration. Engineering is noticing the value of a flashlight and making it accessible to the masses so people can actually find their cats.