Rational Towers of Babel

Previously I wrote a little about my opinion on the compatibility of my scientific interests and my religious convictions (see Science vs. Religion). For the sake of clarification and because I just wanted to share some of the things I've found, I'm revisiting the topic.

I do not claim that spiritual knowledge can be proven through any scientific methods we now possess. This is illustrated in the New Testament, in 1 Corinthians 2:14: "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." In Science vs. Religion, it was my purpose to show that my understanding of the physical world can strengthen and enrich my testimony of God and the truths He has restored in recent times, but that understanding can never make a suitable foundation for such a testimony.

Genesis 11:4 states, "And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven..." These people thought that they could reach God by building a tall tower, and that wicked notion resulted in the confounding of their languages. As ridiculous as the idea is that God may be reached through physical means, there are many today who aim to do the exact same thing, through postulates and theorems. As the late Truman G. Madsen put it in one of his lectures, "They have built a rational Tower of Babel, from which they comfort themselves with, 'We haven't heard from God, but he must still be there.'" I would also add that those who climb to the top of the tower often adopt the opposite point of view, this time saying, "We haven't heard from God, so he must not be there."

It is frustrating to see believers and non-believers alike arguing about the existence or character of God on the basis of tangible evidences. If God is real, what makes anyone think that they can possibly discover Him in this way, especially when it is directly contrary to the manner He prescribes? Faith is the formula for conviction.

A belated merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all!

Note: Perhaps in a later post I will describe some of the specific reasons I believe in God, as well as reasons for my equally strong conviction that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism) is true. Until then, here's the link to my page on Mormon.org where I describe some of my beliefs.

Posted December 27th, 2010 in Religion, Science.