The Futility of Science

We return again to The Trumpet, a publication of the Philadelphia Church of God, which has a theological connection to the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong. We recently visited them and learned that The Dodo Disproves Evolution.

Their article today reveals The Fatal Flaw in Modern Science. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

There is good in science, but most scientists believe they have gone beyond the need for God and the Bible. When we see knowledge expansion accompanied by multiplying problems such as immorality, illiteracy, broken homes, crime and insanity, we need to admit that something is dreadfully wrong with our knowledge.

They’re right! None of those evils were a problem before the advent of modern science. There’s obviously a connection. Then we’re told:

Herbert W. Armstrong wrote this in the May 1985 Plain Truth: “We are face to face with the stern fact that increasing evils have escalated alongside increasing knowledge! That is not to say that the increased knowledge caused the growing evils. It does mean that the knowledge produced did not cure existing evils or prevent new evils”

What a wise man he was! Let’s read on:

Has science given us hope for the future? Then why are so many people both young and old continuing to wreck their lives with drug addiction, sexual deviance, and all other sorts of crippling vices? In many ways, science is a false messiah that threatens to become a Frankenstein monster.

Verily, this is an insightful article! We continue:

I recently read the introductions to two science-fiction novels: Timescape and The Black Cloud. The Timescape intro expresses hope that science will create a garden of Eden — a paradise on this Earth. Has God not already done that? Could He not do it again? In fact, He will do it again — in spite of man! And this will happen very soon — in most of our lifetimes. But scientists push God out of the picture.

All the author needed to do was read the introductions to those novels, and now he knows that not only is science failing us, but so is science fiction! Here’s more:

Believe it or not, the problem with science is actually revealed in the biblical story of the garden of Eden! In the garden, Adam and Eve rejected the tree of life and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As a consequence, God expelled them and cut them off from the tree of life [scripture reference]. From that point, God allowed humankind to devise their own systems of science, religion and education — apart from His direction.

The pursuit of science is a continuation of original sin! Moving along:

As Herbert W. Armstrong wrote: “With the emergence of ‘modern science’ around the beginning of the 19th century, scientists assured the world that man had progressed to the point where he then could dispense with the superstitious crutch of religion and belief in God” (Plain Truth, March 1980).

If Armstrong wrote it, then it must be The Truth. Another excerpt:

The introduction to The Black Cloud declares the possibility of physical life with no spiritual origin — a creation that can spontaneously organize into more complex forms. That is total fiction and fantasy! Where in the entire universe can you find a system that can spontaneously organize into more complex forms? What we see instead is total disorganization: Man is about to blow himself off the planet!

Where in the universe can such a system be found? Earth is a good place to start. It’s a process known as Self-organization. On with the article:

Some scientists devote their lives to researching the origin of Earth and mankind. But they won’t accept the truth. Instead, they promote the unprovable hypothesis of evolution. God tells us to “[p]rove all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Even scientists don’t do this as they should!

That entire passage is even better, but creationists seem to ignore it:

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Skipping several paragraphs of bible quotes, we come at last to the end:

Science has only scratched the surface of the tremendous wonder that fills the universe. But a superior wonder is about to return to this Earth in the personage of Jesus Christ Himself! He will cut man’s suffering short and establish God’s Kingdom. That is the vision we all should be living for.

So there you are, dear reader. It’s clear that you must abandon science and prepare for an even greater wonder. You have been warned!

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18 responses to “The Futility of Science

  1. michaelfugate

    Christianity has had 2000 years to fix our problems and he is complaining about 200 years with science?

    Has science Christianity given us hope for the future? Then why are so many people both young and old continuing to wreck their lives with drug addiction, sexual deviance, and all other sorts of crippling vices? In many ways, science Christianity is a false messiah that threatens to become a Frankenstein monster.

  2. It’s a pity the writer didn’t get past the intro to Greg Benford’s Timescape and read the novel itself. Had he done so he’d have found that it’s a bleak novel about the ability of human stupidity and small-mindedness to stymie the efforts of science to do what the evidence howls must be done. Of course, since the writer obviously wholeheartedly supports human stupidity and small-mindedness, he’d presumably regard it as a tale with a happy ending.

  3. ” but most scientists believe they have gone beyond the need for God and the Bible…..”
    Anyone with a thinking brain has done so.

  4. It’s very simple, really. Scientists do think about a better future. Creationists think about the End of Days, which they believe is coming soon.

  5. Dave Luckett

    But doesn’t the 180-degree turnaround just give you the pip? “Prove all things” followed by “Jesus is coming soon”, yet!

    Dear Whoever, how many times for how long has that one been shouted from the housetops by generation after generation of howling loons? The original apostles taught it, starting from Peter’s sermon on Pentecost Sunday. It was the staple belief of the millinarians of 1000 CE. Peter the freaking Hermit was all over it in 1100-odd. The list of He’s-coming-back-real-soon-now sects extends to long before the Protestant-Catholic split.

    Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it, I suppose. And there’s a sucker born every minute. Words to live by.

  6. Doctor Stochastic

    “The Trumpet” exhibits the science of futility.

  7. I suggest the people from The Trumpet to quit internet immediately. Now. At this very moment. If anything shows how much there is wrong with knowledge it’s internet and this cannot but infect these good folks with, how did they put it, immorality, illiteracy, broken homes, crime and insanity. Resist its temptation, I say! Flee before it’s too late! Don’t worry about me – I’m already beyond redemption.

  8. But they won’t accept the truth. Instead, they promote the unprovable hypothesis of evolution

    Spoken as if the Christian god is a given commodity! How delusional!

  9. Some scientists devote their lives to researching the origin of Earth and mankind. But they won’t accept the truth. Instead, they promote the unprovable hypothesis of evolution. God tells us to “[p]rove all things” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Even scientists don’t do this as they should!

    Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

    Science has only scratched the surface of the tremendous wonder that fills the universe. But a superior wonder is about to return to this Earth in the personage of Jesus Christ Himself! He will cut man’s suffering short and establish God’s Kingdom. That is the vision we all should be living for.

    Ah, I see. So when they go to court to defend teaching “intelligent design” in public schools as sound science, creationists insist their ideas are not about the Bible but rather about scientific evidence. But when they speak among their own, or reach out to potential converts, it’s all about the Bible. Which posture might one suppose reflects their real views?

  10. I spent my freshman year at Herbert W Armstrong’s Ambassador College. It had the most pervasively anti-intellectual atmosphere of any place I ever sojourned in; the attitude stemmed directly from Armstrong himself.

    Gerald Flurry came along some time after I shook the Ambassador dust from my feet. Though I do not know him or any members of his Philadelphia Church of God, all reports indicate that he is just as scornful of “worldly knowledge” as his idol, and even more abusive to his followers. By all measures his organization is a cult, and one of Christianity’s most damaging–psychologically, socially, and financially–to its members

  11. …which has a theological connection to the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong.

    Daddy Armstrong was never all that interesting. But if it’s videotapes and accusations you are looking for, Garner Ted Armstrong had ’em—as well as Geraldo Riviera himself to interview the professional who didn’t like GTA’s behavior during the massage sessions!

    Of course, when Junior left Daddy’s operation to start his own, it made an interesting rivalry. Not so interesting to me but some enjoyed it. Garner Ted had what was described as “movie star looks.” Come to think about, one of the ministry spin-offs bankrolled the movie Paper Moon. (Don’t ask me. I can’t explain it either. I’m a linguist and theologian, not an explainer of things. Unless I know how something works, of course.)

    I realize this Garner Ted scandal is short on potpourri and restroom surveillance but I felt sad for SC not having much to work with these days. Sorry. That’s all I got.

    If the YEC doldrums continue, perhaps we should start generating our own news. I’ve seriously thought about starting a faux Young Earth Creationist “creation science” ministry so that I could experiment with dishonest quote-mining and pseudo-science sound bites in order to see how fast they reproduce (i.e., get copy-and-pasted to many YEC websites.) And think about: Haven’t you always had a secret yearning. Deep down. No, not that secret yearning—investing in potpourri futures—but rather creating your very own “creation scientist” alter ego. You could even come up your own creationist caricature character!

    For me, I was thinking of something really off the wall extreme, sort of like AIG meets World Wrestling Federation. For instance, I may go with an academic character like “Bishop Ussher”, in exaggerated early 1600’s Church of England regalia. In videos produced by the YEC Institute, our various personalities, always in character, will “talk smack” against the evil forces that oppose us. You know, things like empiricism, and published papers, and …..and things like real Science.

    Whatever the execution of the concept, it would be aimed at going beyond the lame Ray Comfort anti-evolution videos and Buddy Davis’ catchy Dinosaur Adventure Team theme song. Of course, there’s gotta be a tourist trap theme park, especially now that Ken Ham has two of ’em. How about we have a destruction of the Tower of Babble every hour on the hour. Ya know, do it like that Vegas hotel that has the pirates raiding that ship every few minutes?

    Perhaps I will even concoct more and more sensational “creation science” discoveries. You know, the fascinating mysteries of creation science explained at last! For example, how did Australia’s marsupials get themselves back to Australia after the ark landed wherever the hill country of Ararat was? Simple: hoverboards. They were really really GOOD hoverboards. VERY GOOD, actually. After all, Noah lived many centuries so he had lots of time to invent amazing things. Ken Ham said so.

    But apparently an actual navigable oceanic vessel wasn’t among them. You see, Noah had drinking problem. And you know how that went! (IDEA! Now we know where to put the potpourri with the camera.) So, to a drinking-too-much Noah. kangaroos on hoverboards seemed pretty cool at the time. OK, they didn’t really hover like hoverboards. More like jetskis. Sort of like a James Bond film with the big chase scene on jetskis, only you could have predator animals chasing the prey animals—all the way back to Australia. We’d give them a good head start of course.

    Once the faux creation science “institute” has seeded all of the world’s YEC websites with bogus quotations and citations, the organization will suddenly be destroyed by scandal. Yes, yet another hidden camera in the potpourri box.

    Yes, I too get bored when there’s nothing silly come out of YECdom. Wouldn’t it be fun to stage the world’s biggest prank against “creation science”?

  12. Beware of Poe’s Law.

  13. At one time, I experimented with making a YEC theory. Just for myself. It wasn’t very long before things started to come together and began to sound good. At that point, I realized that I’d better stop it before it became addictive.
    Otherwise, I realized that I have this habit which I can’t break of making things consistent, which would never be accepted in the world of YEC.

  14. Professor Tertius says: “If the YEC doldrums continue, perhaps we should start generating our own news.”

    I’ve tried it. Every year on the first of April, I announce that I’ve made a great creationist discovery, but the news never seems to get any traction.

  15. That’s because, try as you might to break the habit, you write coherently.

  16. At some time in our lives, we’ve probably all said about our workplace, “You don’t have to be crazy to work here, but it certainly helps.” I wonder if anybody at Answers in Genesis or The Discovery Institute has ever said that.

  17. michaelfugate

    “You don’t have to be crazy to work here, but it certainly helps.”

    Wouldn’t you just shorten it to “You have to be crazy to work here.”?

  18. Holding The Line In Florida

    Yo! Prof Tret. I am visiting my old friends Margo and Rita and your post made sense. I suspect you must have been in their company too! I especially like AIG meets the WWF. Oh the glory! The Hamster dressed out in full Luche Libre Christian Warroir garb going after a Dawkins token. I need another round!