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From the Summer 2014 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

C.S. Lewis and How Christians Should Think about Science

by Joseph A. Kohm, Jr.
Founder of Kohm Associates, Inc.


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  Whether PGD (or any scientific advancement) is “good” is largely the function of the inquisitor’s worldview. To the world, the ability to select the gender of a child is evidence of increased individual freedom. Instinctively, a quantitative increase in choice also seems to equate to an increase in freedom. Yet, in this case, correlation does not imply causation because, if freedom is not restrained, it eventually results in anarchy. The consequences of our increased freedom are all around us. At no time in history has a people group had more quantitative choices affecting lifestyle, and yet depression, brokenness, and addiction on both collective and individual levels are rampant. We are like the Israelites in Judges 21:25: “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
  For Christians wanting to influence the world at large, it is not so much what we think about science specifically; after all, there are divisions among believers on a range of topics, from the age of the earth to the evolutionary process. What really matters is how we think about science. In The Abolition of Man, C.S. Lewis wrote, “For the power of Man to make himself what he pleases means . . . the power of some men to make other men what they please.”2 Rightly understood, science is about process. Christians have a duty to monitor its purpose. Science is meant to explain things, not explain them away. This is how we are to frame our dialogue with culture.
  Last, when considering science, it is imperative that Christians remember the concept of image. Genesis 1:27 tells us, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him.” A biblical worldview that realizes humanity contains the spark of the Eternal stands in stark contrast to a purely scientific worldview that sees humanity as the physical product of strict naturalism combined with a bundle of Freudian complexes. As Christians, we must be ever vigilant to guard against a concept of science that fails to recognize the eternal worth of each individual. Uncle Andrew was ultimately confined to a big house in the country where he never attempted magic again. The rest of us will not be so lucky.

1. Scripture quotations in this article are from the English Standard Version.
2. C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (New York: Collier Books, 1962), 72.

Joseph A. Kohm, Jr., founded Kohm Associates, Inc. in 1996, which provides multilateral services to professional athletes. Joe is a Certified Major League Baseball Agent and currently represents more than a dozen professional players. He is the author of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption: It’s Going, Going…Gone!, published by the Nova University Law Review, and co-author of The Family Advisor: The New Trend for Athletes with Family Values, published by the University of Miami Sports and Entertainment Law Review. Prior to receiving his Juris Doctorate degree from Regent University School of Law, he earned his MBA from the State University of New York. While earning his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, Joe was a member of the basketball team that participated in the 1987 Final Four. Joe and his wife Lynne have been married from 17 years and have 2 children and make their home in Virginia Beach, VA.


Recommended Reading:
Bioethics and the Christian Life: A Guide to Making Difficult Decisions, by David VanDruen, Crossway

Just about everyone will face a difficult bioethics decision at some point. In this book a theologian, ethicist, and lawyer equips Christians to make such decisions based on biblical truth, wisdom, and virtue.

Though a relatively new discipline, bioethics has generated extraordinary interest due to a number of socially pressing issues. Bioethics and the Christian Life places bioethics within the holistic context of the Christian life, both developing a general Christian approach to making bioethics decisions and addressing a number of specific, controversial areas of bioethics.

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