My Christian Life
What have you done?
I have no quarrel with Western science. You will have a quarrel with me, but I will not fight back. I respect you and your reason and knowledge. Without the five hundred years of our science and thousands of teachers of biology, physics, and mathematics that we have produced, nothing of my philosophy or this new way would be possible.
Think of me as your backward son, gone to live with his family in the country. You are my fathers and mothers, or step-parents, and I know I can count on your respect for me, because you taught me everything I know. Like a strong faculty dean, you may often wish to call me on the carpet and engage in a little academic discipline. Trust me, administered by very intelligent and well trained scientists for sixty years, many of those lectures have left me red faced.
Some few occasions of that strict discipline of reason were counter productive, unless you like the anger in me that was aroused to seek a different way. But most of the time I took the yoke of reason and evidence and either accepted the discipline or remained silent because I was not sure. This is good. For, over these sixty years, I have grown a backbone strong under the lash of argument and debate.
Whatever is wrong or mistaken here, blame on me. The errors of fact are not the fault of science. My fear and trembling when I venture into physics and biology are witnesses to your efforts to prevent that hybris [maintaining this as the correct spelling, itself a bit of hubris]. I am not your antithesis nor a new synthesis, nor did you alienate me nor am I the way I am in reaction to you. I owe everything I am to the boldest theories of science and the bold scientists who found them. I am loyal to you and all your works and all your ways. Well, almost all.
If there is conviction in my voice, you put it there. If truth rings through what I say, you saw to it that I was satisfied with nothing but truth. If there is some logic and wisdom in what you read here, congratulate yourselves for the good job you did on my training. If you hear respect and high regard for truth, remember that it was your regard for your student and the truth that produced this focus and devotion.
This is all your fault.