From the “GeoCurmudgeon” column in the March/April 2009 Issue of GeoStrata:
Consider the nine wonders of the modern world; the nine men who comprise the Politburo Standing Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, led by PRC President Hu Jintao, a hydraulics engineer; Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, a geotechnical engineer; five other engineers; and two economists. (An economist, I have been told, is an engineer without charisma.) How is that possible? How could engineers run a nation, let along the largest one on our planet? And how could they do such an amazing job, simultaneously applying two polar-opposite political/economic systems to convert an ancient, rural giant into a modern, industrial colossus?
It’s true that, outside of the Anglophone world, it’s easier for people with scientific and engineering backgrounds to advance in “non-scientific” endeavours such as government, and even the ministry (which is why, IMHO, we have revival outside the US.) No one thought this was advantageous when things were going up, but now that things are coming down, perhaps it’s time for a reassesment, especially by New Atheists, who place so much confidence in left-wing Western governments to advance their “scientific” agenda.
It’s also noteworthy that the current Chinese leadership has loosened its policies toward Christians in their country. Why is this? How could scientifically trained members of an atheist institution like the CCP give religious people a break? Because they like the results. Engineers know that the “proof of the pudding is in the eating,” and evidently they like the taste of the dessert that God’s church is serving up in China these days.