In chapter eight, “Putting Darwin’s Theory to the Test”, in the book Understanding Intelligent Design: Everything You Need To Know In Plain Language I read a section that I felt gave a exquisite example of how Christianity is testable like science. Before I get to this, I want to clarify that I am not saying that all of Christianity is testable like the scientific method. I believe there are many other ways of knowing or coming to the knowledge of truth besides empirical evidence.
In the movie The Body, Antonio Banderas plays a Jesuit priest, Father Matt Gutierrez, that has been sent to investigate an alleged finding of the bones of Christ. As the movie progresses Antonio Banderas’ character wrestles with his faith because if the claims about the bones of Christ are true then Christianity is false. He even comes to the point of suicide. Why live when one’s entire life has been spent following a false Messiah? Eventually, Father Matt finds out that the bones belong to another martyr that died in a similar fashion to Jesus. The movie may sound fascinating, or boring, but it makes an interesting point about Christianity: It is a falsifiable religion.
If the bones of Christ were to be found, which they have not, then it would prove Christianity wrong. Even the Apostle Paul mentions it in 1 Corinthians 15:14,17, “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, your faith also is vain…and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” You may be asking, “Why is this a good thing?” Many other religions make untestable claims about reality. However, Christianity makes claims about historical events that can be tested. Christianity being able to be shown false also means it can be shown true.
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