According to the Editor in Chief of the Lancet. . .
We live in an age in which science is oft equated with truth, reliable truth that is not opinion or mythology or dream. One of the fruits of the global warming debate has been the troublesome chinks in the armor of scientific truth that have raised serious questions about what we can believe regarding the conclusions that come from academic science and of the reliability of the research and studies that support those conclusions. I am not a scientist. I do not have a crystal ball to see which science is trustworthy and which is a sham. Like most of the rest of the folks, I am guided by my own intuition and by my fear and suspicion that some or perhaps even much of what is promulgated as scientific truth is unreliable. So, where do you go and whom do you trust?
Ours is both a skeptical age in which authorities are inherently viewed with suspicion and yet it is a time in which we have built a house of cards on the conclusions of some science without many alternatives. We have tinkered with crops and their genes in pursuit of a godless world that we can control and now we are unsure whether the outcome is salutary or trustworthy. We have pulled huge amounts of water from the ground and pumped other liquids into the ground to the point where water tables are dropping, water quality is not what we counted upon, and earthquakes are showing up in places that hardly knew them. We have invested in new medicines that we believe are effective but we know are expensive and a litany of ads from shyster lawyers tells us to call them if we took this med or that. Whom do we trust?
Perhaps the biggest problem we have is a crisis of confidence. We do not believe in our institutions. We do not believe our politicians. We do not believe our religions. We do not believe in science. Whom do we trust? The only thing left to trust are our feelings. Here is where we find ourselves -- suspicious of everything except our desires. Satan's ultimate purpose was not merely to distance us from God but to bring us into the captivity of desire, sure that nothing else and no one else is trustworthy except the little voice inside of us that tells us what we want (for the moment).
But there is one more thing. We have taken up the cause of victimhood so we are never responsible for what we say or do if it turns out bad and we have made offense the highest wrong. It is as if we have glorified our feelings to the point where we look for reasons to be offended, for people to blame (to justify our innocence and our victimhood), and embarked on the cause of cultural cleansing so that the real sins of our yesterdays are removed from memory and no longer warn us but our bruised egos and feelings remain.
Popes spend precious credibility on science that may or may not be true. Children learn from an early age that Scripture is mythology or subjective truth barely worth more than myth or legend. Adults tell ourselves and our children to trust our hearts. Repent. Believe the Gospel. This is our only answer. There is but one
voice who has not disappointed us and one truth that remains yesterday,
today, and forever the same. That is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.