|Religion relies on science|
| Christianity teaches a spiritual/physical duality, not a dualism; it does not treat the physical as independent of the spiritual. Anything that is true in the spiritual realm shows itself in the physical. If one’s faith is true, evidence will support it. The Bible says to “be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15
Doubting Thomas refused to believe that Jesus rose from the dead until he saw the proof. Jesus did criticize Thomas for doubting, but he also did not discount his faith when he based it on evidence. Jesus never criticized Thomas for believing science. He criticized Thomas for doubting him. John 20:29
Jesus proved himself through his works. He said, “If I do not do the works of my Father, do not believe me; but if I do them, though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.” John 10:38
Religion relies on science. If someone were to disprove the resurrection of Christ, it would not merely hurt the Christian faith: it would bring the Christian faith to an end. The Bible explicitly says that if Christ did not rise from the grave, our efforts are in vain. The reason is simple; if Christ was not raised to life, his followers have no hope of being raised to life. 1 Corinthians 15:17
At the same time, Christians are presuppositionalists. They see that a question assumes an answer. Inquiry presupposes an explanation. A problem implies a solution, and we think, because we were given minds to think.
Humanists are evidentialists. They believe that in seeking to know the truth, the main problem is a lack of understanding or a lack of evidence. Contrast this with the biblical view: that God gave mankind all the evidence they needed and they chose not to trust in him. Romans 1:18-21
Christians need to be reminded that they are presuppositionalists. Yes, it’s fun to use evidence to confirm the validity of Scripture, but we don’t need to “prove” the Bible. If scientists contradict Scripture, we side with the higher authority.