I was recently at a family camp where one of the speakers told a riveting story of riding in a plane that almost crashed. During the incident, he was able to remain calm, but the passenger next to him was scared beyond belief. His point was that regardless of their individual faith in the pilot to land the plain, they both landed safely.

To make his ultimate point, he talked about the two laws; the “law of gravity” and the “law of aerodynamics.” I cringed. Why? Because while our speaker knew a lot about God, he did not know anything about science… there is no such thing as a “law of aerodynamics”. Aerodynamics is an applied science (a sub-field of fluid mechanics) that tries to maximize lift, weight, thrust and drag explained, in part, as engineers study things like Bernoulli’s principle, the Coanda effect, Euler equations, and Newton’s third law of motion.

So where did this “law of aerodynamics” come from?

Do a quick Google search for “law of aerodynamics” and you will find all the top hits are Christian blogs… ugh! And people wonder why atheists are so critical of Christians? Bloggers and pastors just keep repeating their ignorance.

Pastor, teachers, bloggers… please be careful not to speak outside your field of knowledge (or at least do the study to make sure you are not misleading people). When you make factual errors about something so simple, it can make unbelievers who have expertise in that field of knowledge doubt your trustworthiness. Many genuine seekers feel that if you are wrong about basic science, there is no way to trust you when it comes to spiritual matters.

The moral of the story is, when in doubt, stick to theology and skip the science.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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