"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith" (I Timothy 6:20-21).
Paul exhorted his disciple, Timothy, and by implication, exhorts us to "keep" (literally, to guard or preserve) that which was placed in his trust. The context implies that the entire teaching of Paul is in mind, as well as Timothy's position of ministry.
Not only was he to preserve truth, he actively was to "avoid" error. Systems of thought were available which masqueraded as "science" (literally "knowledge"). These systems were not merely neutral, but were in opposition to the truth.
There can be no doubt that godless humanism (particularly as it finds its false scientific justification in evolution and uniformitarianism) has been responsible for the loss of faith in many professing Christians. Much of what is called "science" in universities today could better be described as "profane and vain babblings."
But today's students are not alone in their error. Back in the 1800s, when uniformitarianism, and later evolution, were first being championed by only a small minority of scientists, theologians led the way to their broad acceptance. Rushing to embrace Lyell's principle of uniformity and the concept of an old earth while still holding on to a charade of Biblical authority, theologians proposed the tranquil flood and local flood concepts. Likewise, theologians proposed theistic evolution, the day-age, and gap theories to accommodate evolution, and their theological grandchildren enjoy the majority voice at most evangelical seminaries today.
It is time that Christian laity as well as those standing in our pulpits today regain "that which is committed to [their] trust," and avoid "science falsely so called." JDM