Christians across the world are celebrating Easter this weekend. Because of this, I wanted to share a really, really profound insight about Easter (so profound that you should be prepared to comment with a “mind-blown” emoji). Here it is: Easter is a supernatural event. Yes, it just isn’t natural to get out of the grave!
I know you are stunned by this sudden enlightenment! Actually, this fact is significant because we present the essential truth of the resurrection (I Cor. 15) to “a world without windows” (as sociologist Peter Berger put it)–a world that only allows for natural or scientific explanations. Stated differently, as moderns, we only trust what we can test. Therefore, there is an initial plausibility hurdle for many people when we talk and preach about the resurrection.
This problem goes deeper. Even as Christians, we can easily default to placing our hopes for a better life and a better world in science and technology rather than in a tomb that is empty. Therefore, science is not our enemy, but it is our idol.
In other words, we worship the donkey. I explain this reference to the donkey in this sermon (and it has nothing to do with American politics). And, I walk through four points as to why it is entirely consistent to believe in the resurrection and promote a principled advance of science and technology. The main point is to value science but not to slide into scientism (the deification or worhsip of science). Here are those points:
- Christianity and Science are not at war.
- Christianity and Science are , in some ways, NOMA (non-overlapping magisterial authorities).
- Science needs a lab partner.
- Science need an accountability partner.
- An excerpt from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon “The False God of Science”
- 3 reasons why a designed universe is more logical than one created by chance.
- A story about Blaise Pascal (one of the key figures of the Scientific Revolution) and what he valued most.
- “Reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it. The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know at all.” – Blaise Pascal
P.S. The featured image on this post is a picture of an intricately carved frieze of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. This frieze was displayed inside Notre Dame Cathedral.