The greatest help in overcoming incorrect scientific beliefs was support by churches. “All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree,”8 said Albert Einstein. “All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. … It is no mere chance that our older universities developed from clerical schools.” From this statement it is still clear that he did not see true religion and true science as adversaries but as united in the goal of bettering man’s existence. “Both churches and universities — insofar as they live up to their true function — serve the ennoblement of the individual.”
Instead of building on this sure foundation, most modern scientists rely on “ancient wisdom” such as that of Egypt and form their theories around these early works, denying that the source of all truth is in God and the Scriptures. Just as the Bible records pagans robbing the Temple of its treasures to dedicate to their false gods, these “scientists” steal truths that can be observed in nature and use them to adorn their preconceived temples of falsehood. This can, however, become a two way street.
“I am stealing the golden vessels of the Egyptians to build a tabernacle to my God from them, far far away from the boundaries of Egypt,” Kepler boasted in contrast to these pseudoscientific pagans. He had learned these ancient sources also but his studies led him to defy the idolatry of preconceived knowledge. “If you forgive me, I shall rejoice.; if you are enraged with me, I shall bear it.”9 He hoped he could convert the “heathen” who misused science. But he realized they might attack him because his discoveries were for the glory of God. “See, I cast the die, and I write the book.” Kepler humbly left the matter of truth finding its audience in God’s hands.