Some Christians feel intimidated by science, while many more Christians are told that they ought to feel intimidated by science. We’re told that Christianity is unscientific. That we should either abandon the faith wholesale or at least perform radical surgery.
In light of that, here’s something I found revealing. You might suppose that physics majors are the cream of the crop. The brainiacs. Not only would you expect them to be in the top percentile of the student body generally, but among the best and brightest science majors. We associate physicists with brainpower. Daunting I.Q.
So it’s striking to see the vast intellectual gap between these physics majors and a distinguished physicist:
And although Don Page may be near the top of his field, I don’t think he’s quite up there with Roger Penrose or Edward Witten. So the gap would be even wider in their case.
It makes you wonder how much even the average science major actually understands about his chosen field. How deep his understanding goes. How much he’s qualified to evaluate. How much he’s taking on faith. How little he can prove on his own. How many science majors must simply take the word of a few geniuses at the very top of the pyramid.
Now you might say that’s unfair. These aren’t graduates, much less post-doc students at Harvard, Princeton, Caltech, MIT, or Cambridge. But, of course, that’s a winnowing process. An elite few. So it reinforces my point. What minuscule fraction of the population knows the intricacies of science well enough to even assess scientific claims against the Bible? How much is just bravado?