Having been paying attention to the plight of the 33 Chilean miners trapped in the San Jose mine they worked in, I am struck by something now all 33 are being rescued one by one and that is the number of times that God has been thanked for their rescue.
Now I understand that the people there are religious and that many of those who have commented on their plight are religious and so that is natural but think about it. Shouldn’t at least some, if not the majority, of the credit instead go to religion and God’s supposed mortal enemy … science?
Did God drill the rescue shaft?
No, engineering and geology enabled that.
Did God feed and treat the minors whilst they were down there?
No, food and medical supplies were sent down via a bore hole, again enabled by engineering and geology. The choice of what was best to send down to them was enabled by biology and psychology. (Okay, and David Villa too.)
Did God transmit messages and images of and to the miners?
No. That was enabled by video cameras, radio and other broadcast technology … made possible by science.
Did God pluck them from the mine through the rescue shaft?
No they were pulled out by a capsule attached to a winch, enabled by engineering again. They were also checked over by a medic who used that same capsule to go down in the first place and their health was assessed by methods developed over hundreds of years of scientific study.
So what, part, exactly does God play? If it was really God who rescued them then why would He need a rescue shaft? He could have just miracle an exit for them, surely.
Again, I’m not trying to be malicious or demean people’s faith because it probably enabled them to get through these last 71 days but on the other hand science surely did just as much if not more – for it not only promised to get them out but also showed them how it would be done and how long it would take as well as ensuring the miners would survive long enough to be rescued.