30 Important Questions That Modern Science Cannot Answer


J. Gresham Machen once said “False ideas are the greatest obstacle to the Gospel.” The modern world holds many false ideas.

One of them is the idea that exalts modern science to such a high level that all other disciplines, such as theology and philosophy, have nothing important to contribute.

The idea that science is the “be-all end-all” of knowledge – that if something is not in a science book it is not worth knowing –is a distortion of true science and an example of bad philosophy.

One way to counter this false idea is to simply point out that modern science is limited. Science is great for discovering secondary material causes in the natural world, but is limited nonetheless.

In fact, there are a number of very important questions that modern science cannot possibly answer.

Here are just 30 off of the top of my head:

1. What is truth?
2. What is goodness?
3. What is right and wrong?
4. What is law?
5. What is virtue?
6. What is the purpose of life?
7. What are human rights?
8. Do human beings have a soul?
9. Will I continue to exist after bodily death?
10. Do we have free will?
11. Is the mind identical to the brain?
12. What is consciousness?
13. What is knowledge?
14. What is evidence?
15. What is certitude?
16. What are the valid forms of human reasoning?
17. What is a good inductive argument?
18. What is a good explanation?
19. What is the possible, necessary, and impossible?
20. What are things ultimately made out of?
21. Why is there something rather than nothing?
22. Is an infinite number of things possible?
23. Is an eternal universe possible?
24. What is chance?
25. Is the material world all that exists or is there something more?
26. Does God exist?
27. Does Hell exist?
28. Are miracles possible?
29. Did Jesus Christ rise from the dead?
30. What is science?

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