A Matter of Faith

The below item is part of my "Conversations" series.

A Christian and an atheist in a high school physics extension classroom after class is over

Zelda: I can’t believe you let the professor do that bowling ball experiment with you.

Alexander: What’s the big deal? When the ball swings back toward me it can’t go any higher than it was when it started, so as long as I didn’t move, it wasn’t going to touch me.

Zelda: Something still could have gone wrong. I don’t have that much faith in the professor that I’d risk a broken nose.

Alexander: Faith’s got nothing to do with it. It’s the laws of physics.

Zelda: Believing in the laws of physics still takes faith. I’d rather have faith in God — he’s never let us down. We’re still figuring physics out.

Alexander: Hang on, what do you mean that believing in physics takes faith? Do you mean we have faith that the laws are constant?

Zelda: No, I mean that science is never certain of anything. There’s always a chance you’re wrong. You can’t be more than — what, 95%? — sure of anything with science. The rest is just blind faith that you’ve got the right answer. That’s a 1-in-20 chance of a smashed nose.

Alexander: I don’t know where you’re getting that 95% number, but it’s bogus. You could do that bowling-ball experiment a million times and would always get the same result.

Zelda: That’s a statement of faith.

Alexander: It’s a statement of fact. It’s true that science is always subject to further evidence, but after something has been verified enough times, it’s just a technicality that prevents scientists from saying it’s absolutely true.

Zelda: I’m just saying that there’s no chance that my faith in God will end up with me volunteering to get a bowling ball shoved up my nose.


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Posted on December 16, 2013 at 8:31 pm by ideclare · Permalink
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