Faith Statement vs. Hypothesis

In today’s culture, much is said about faith statements, sometimes so much so that it has been a fault on the side of religious types, particularly in relationship to the realm of science.

The confusion mostly belongs with defining hypothesis and faith statement. They are not the same and have different purposes. Let’s start with hypothesis.

Hypotheses are scientific workings. To make a hypothesis is the making an assumption that an observable event will happen a certain way. It is based on observable fact. When w think of a Hypothesis, we must factor in that something will be proven by seeing it happen whether it goes for or against the hypothesis itself. An example is found with the recent landing on Mars by NASA. Scientist have proposed findings they expect and have to wait on them to come in after being found by the Rover. Whatever the rover finds will affirm or deny the hypotheses stated by scientists.

Faith statements are different. One example is the Apostle’s Creed. In this statement we find that this is no mere statement awaiting observable evidence. It is more than that. A faith statement shows our beliefs, hope, trust, and is a guide to our foundation for what we do. Though the similarity is expectation, the nature if the expectation is different.

These facts make the two tendencies in Christian culture problematic. The first is the tendency to make the faith statement a hypothesis. What this does is make the faith statement powerless towards lifestyle and faith. Remember that the guidance towards right relationship with God and His creation is not a matter of science as defined by Modernity, but faith as defined by the ancient world.

The second tendency is to make the hypothesis a faith statement. Most scientists would say that none of their hypotheses would qualify as a faith statement (minus the Stephen Hawking camp). Some are even Christians and would take offense at such a statement.

There is a large chasm between these two things. One wonders what the value of this post is. It is to bring Science and Christianity into better understanding of each other and to develop better dialog. We have much to say to each other, but respect must come with that. And we all must remember that Gospel is bigger than a hypothesis.

How do you define faith and science? Do you see a difference between a hypothesis and a faith statement? If not, how are they the same thing?

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