Is it right that we keep quiet about our supernatural beliefs?
Quite the opposite! Science reveals God. God created the natural order including science. Science only reveals truth of that natural order , and since God is its creator, science not only reveals the natural order but its creator as well!
I would come at it first from a little different perspective than the idea that we should be shying away from our supernatural belief. I would first say, we have nothing to shy away from in terms of scientific discovery that would contradict our theology, then simply say that science has yet to disprove any of our supernatural beliefs.
As opposed to how the popular culture likes to portray the Church against science, the Church has actually been a major contributor to science in its early formation in terms of numerous clerics and religious making actual discoveries as well as supporting new discoveries. One might conclude that the Galileo case refutes that. To the contrary. Before Galileo’s trial, he and this theories were quire accepted by his friend the Pope and the Church in general. Furthermore, previous astronomers had theorized the same conclusion and the Church had no opposition. Galileo was persecuted for insisting he had “proved” his theory, which he had not even for the standards of evidence at that time, and for claiming he as a scientist had the right to declare statements from the bible to be in error. There are a number of sources, that detail this event in history. I believe this site also discusses this topic. Also Diane Moczars book, Seven Lies about the Catholic Church handles this myth about the Church.
As for creation theories, the theory of evolution has about as many holes in it as certain Old Testament allegories taken as literal truth. Science relies on a bit of “faith” regarding how species actually changed from one to another. Its not a simple matter of random mutations that we see that alter the characteristics within species at times. Furthermore, the Church does not claim to teach science. What science discovers about creation is completely in accord with any of her theology. Catholics do not have to prescribe to a six day creation, with Adam and Eve created in one 24 hour earth day. Therefore, even with its problems, the theory of evolution does not necessarily contradict the truth of the Church.
Another example is the Big Bang theory, which was actually hypothesized by a Catholic cleric well before any modern computers or telescopes were available. The big bang theory does not “prove” the universe just began on its own. While Steven Hawking has stated in his recent book that recent discoveries on the Big Bang theory “prove” God is not necessary to describe the beginning of the universe, he never concludes that science “proves” that God did not create the universe. He simply argues that there are ways to describe the Big Band without God, but he knows he cannot say God did not create the universe based on the science. This may sound like semantics but it is not! Contrary to the media stories on the topic, the fact is that it takes just as much faith as Believers, if not more, to conclude that the universe just exploded into existence on its own since the Big Bang theory relies on an unexplainable source for turning nothing into something. Whether you call something unexplainable or God, the fact remains the same. The science of the Big Bang cannot “prove” that God did not create the universe, and it cannot identify what that something was. It simply hypothesizes it was something unknown. Therefore it takes some faith to believe that this unknown can be known at some point as something other than God.
One last example is stem cell research. The media and popular culture has been pushing for the use of embryonic stem cell use for years. I believe those doing so have not only a scientific goal but another agenda as well. If they can find practical uses for something the Church has been very strongly against, they can show how “backwards” and irrelevant the Church is. Well, surprise , surprise. The only thing being shown irrelevant is embryonic stem cell research. It has been only adult stem cell research that has produced therapeutic treatments, dozens of them. Meawhile embryonic stem cell research has only produced one set back after another to the extent that a number research programs have have had their funding pulled so the funding providers could focus on more adult stem cell research.
As science makes greater and greater discoveries all the time, it has been absolutely unable to disprove God or the supernatural. I would argue that the more science discovers, whether its the origins of our universe of the Big Bang ,or mysteries of our world in quantum physics, the more we realize we must ultimately rest in faith. That is we have to ultimately rely on a faith in “causes” and “sources” that science cannot explain. Some non believers will simply say that those “unknowns” will eventually be discovered. Really? That sounds like a faith in something unknown to me. Lastly, science has yet to explain many miracles documented by the Church. There are miracles of cures to disease, Eucharistic miracles, and the miraculous nature of certain relics such as the Shroud of Torin, the tilma with the image of our Blessed Mother, and perhaps even the preserved bodies of the incorruptible saints. Again, it takes faith to believe that these miracles are the work of God, but it also takes faith to believe that science will find an explanation that proves it was NOT God.
We need not forgo one bit of our belief in the supernatural to be open to science. The two are from one SOURCE. Instead we should be excited and joyous at the discoveries of science since they must only point to the hand of God.