On August 14th, Dr. Ming Wang spoke at the Fayetteville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. His talk was called “From Darkness to Sight: God’s Not Dead- Faith and Science: Friends or Foes?” During the talk, Dr. Ming Wang discussed his relationship with the film and his own journey with faith and science.
Dr. Ming Wang inspired one of the characters in the film “God’s Not Dead 2.” As a teenager, Ming fought valiantly to escape China’s Cultural Revolution – during which millions of innocent youth were deported to remote areas to face a life sentence of poverty and hard labor. Ming eventually made his way to America with $50 in his pocket and an American dream in his heart, where against all odds he earned a PhD in laser physics and graduated magna cum laude with the highest honors from Harvard Medical School and MIT. He embraced his Christian faith and tackled one of the most important questions of our time – Are faith and science friends or foes?
Dr. Wang discussed his 16-year journey with faith and science. Wang spoke about the powerful story of the amniotic membrane contact lens. He described how he began fetal wound-healing research to help injured adult eyes, and how he was frustrated at not being able to find a way to conduct this corneal wound-healing research without harming an unborn child. The questions in his heart were “Are science and faith really this contradictory? Should we do fetal wound-healing research without our moral, ethical and faith principles? Or, should we not do this research at all, and therefore not being able to advance medicine and improve the quality of our lives?” Wang made a breakthrough in biology when he began using biotechnology to restore sight. Wang continues to work to discover how faith and science can work together and his faith drives all of his medical, spiritual, and philanthropic efforts.