A long time ago, I subscribed to The American Vision’s “Weekly Digest” and, although I personally find that much of its content “rubs against my grain”, I continue to receive it.
In a recent newsletter, I read the following article: “Scientists Said it. We’re Forced To Believe It.” at: Tuesday, October 5, 2021 by Gary DeMar]
- " Is there such a thing as “science”? There isn’t. Science is not a thing like a shovel used for digging, a microscope for viewing what can’t be seen with the naked eye, or a gun to send a projectile through the air. To “follow the science” means to follow the opinions, theories, and conclusions of people who collect and organize knowledge (the meaning of the Latin scientia ) in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the world.
- The process of scientific discovery requires many first principles that exist before science can be done. A scientist must presuppose the reasonableness of reason, the logic of logic, that what is done experimentally today will work in the way under the same circumstances tomorrow:
- " Every scientific outcome will be determined a priori by the presuppositions that the scientist, who is engaged in the scientific endeavor, holds by faith. Nobody is presupposition-free, but we all need presuppositions, by way of worldview, in order to make sense of reality. In other words, before a person — Christian or non-Christian — begins any scientific endeavor, he or she already holds basic presuppositions concerning metaphysics, epistemology, and ethics. A person holds these presuppositions or assumptions by faith since he or she cannot gain any knowledge or understanding without having a concept about reality (metaphysics), knowledge (epistemology), and morality (ethics) first. …
- The scientist who thinks that he is neutral, or “facts-only,” as is often claimed, has already fallen into the trap of his own biases without even knowing it."
For those who are unfamiliar with the theological-philosophical foundation of The American Vision in general, and Gary DeMar in particular, I’m going to go out on a limb and summarize it as: “Ultra-Orthodox Calvinist”. IMO, they are to Christianity what the Haredim are to Judaism.
However, the purpose of my brief summary is to focus on the topic of " ‘Biblical’ Decision Making".
According to The American Vision’s “Statement of Faith”,
The Doctrine of Scripture
We believe that the Scriptures, of both Old and New Testaments, are the inspired, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God written. The Bible is the complete revelation of God’s will for salvation, and the ultimate authority on all issues of life, faith, and practice of the Christian religion. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
It is my impression that The American Vision’s Doctrine of Scripture justifies the assertion in the article cited above, that: “Science vs. Faith is a Great False Dichotomy”. [Cf. Science vs. Faith: The Great False Dichotomy] Consequently, I believe–if I haven’t misunderstood the claim and its theological-philosophical foundation–that The American Vision and its proponents are saying that “Science-based Decision Making” is non-Biblical and bad for Christians, whereas “Biblical Decision Making” is good for Christians.
What, then is “Biblical Decision Making”?
The article posted by Gary Demar begins with this verse: “The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him” (Prov. 18:17)..
“Cool!” I say. I have often seen others agree with the first argument given for doing or not doing something, and I confess that I have done the same thing. The verse from Proverbs simply says, “Hold on! Don’t automatically assume that the first argument is the best argument.”
What, then, does the Bible say we should do when there is a dispute over whether to do or not to do something?
Proverbs 18:18 tells us: “Casting lots causes contentions to cease and separates the mighty.”
So that’s the “Biblical” method for deciding whether to do or not to do something.
Here, I am reminded of Annie Duke’s book: “Thinking in bets: making smarter decisions when you don’t have all the facts”. Now, that’s “Biblical” decision making. After all, as Annie Duke notes in her book: “Life is Poker, not Chess.” The moral? The Bible says: “Gamble your way through life.”