Several inveterate attitudes to modern science are discussed
before raising the question, "Why think scientifically?", as the
initial step toward sin understanding of science. Some popular
misconceptions are considered. The relevance of Albert Einstein's
writings is indicated, followed by a description of the personal
dilemma of the scientific researcher. Einstein's insights on the
role of experience in the origin of scientific concepts and their
function in ordering experience are presented. His outline of the
advancement of scientific theories is given. Einstein's ideas are
illustrated using his assessment of Johannes Kepler's contribution.
Next, the importance of the intuitive relation is stressed and the
tension between the logical and creative elements of scientific
thinking is discussed.
Possible theological connections with Einstein's metaphysical
framework for scientific research are faintly drawn before giving
reasons for sketching the development of one brief phase of his
researches. The contents of his four scientific papers published
in Annalen der Physik in 1905 show the importance of scientific
continuity and industry. Scientific commitment, action and freedom
are considered in the context of Einstein's religious views. An
assessment of his article on the mechanics of Newton underscores the
consistency of his thinking and prepares the way for a discussion of
various forms of subversive superficiality in Christian thinking.
Differences in everyday, technological and scientific thinking are
outlined as a prelude to a detailed examination of Rudolf Bultmann's
defense of demythologism.
A comparison of Einstein's epistemological utterances and his
four papers represents an attempt to understand basic aspects of
modern scientific thinking. Some events associated with those papers
are also considered. His thoughts on the relation between science
and religion are given before answering the question, "Why think
scientifically?" from an Einsteinian perspective of openness and
Outlines of the similarities between scientific and Christian
faith, scientific and theological knowledge, scientific and
theological communication, the universe and God, universal and
divine unity, universal and divine authority, the rationality of
the universe and Jesus Christ, and the intuitive relation and the
Holy Spirit are drawn from an Einsteinian perspective. A brief
discussion of motivation and community concludes this essay.