We all come from different places, physically and intellectually. Much of what we know, or think we know, may be the result of what we have absorbed in one way or another from our environment. In other words, we may have accepted something as true without seriously examining the evidence for or against it.
We do that for a lot of topics but one that is common is to accept the popular idea that science and religious faith are fundamentally at odds. At the very least, we might say they cover two completely different areas of life and have no connection, no overlap. Many go beyond that and claim they are actually antithetical.
As we have pointed out consistently, as have plenty of others, this is a fallacy. As a matter of fact, Science and Christian Theology Mutually Inform Each Other. To be able to accept that, or even consider the concept, one needs to have an open mind, to be genuine in their desire to learn the truth. An important question is always are you teachable?.It is not surprising that many of the originators of modern science were Christians...these pioneers did not fear that belief in a God beyond nature would hinder their observations about nature. Click To Tweet
Could Science and Faith Be Complementary?
For those with the interest, we draw your attention to the following in-depth article that covers numerous ways to compare scientific and Christian thought. Here are just a few brief highlights.
The Value of Knowledge
“The Bible’s creation narrative repeatedly affirms the goodness of all that God has made, and the New Testament portrays God’s creative work as extending to both what is seen and what is unseen. Historically, many religions valued mind more than matter, or matter more than mind. The biblical worldview is relatively unique for its unblushing affirmation of the goodness of both mind and matter, both rational and material. Thus wherever Christians have gone, they have founded hospitals and schools.
“Given this foundation, it is not surprising that many of the originators of modern science were Christians. Unlike a few prominent contemporary scientists, these pioneers did not fear that belief in a God beyond nature would hinder their observations about nature. Instead, their religious convictions grounded and encouraged their scientific pursuits, providing a kind of stability in which to conduct scientific experiments. After all, if a rational God created a rational universe, it follows that other rational beings could discover its rationality.”
Has Science Replaced God?
“In the Christian view, since science studies the natural universe and the biblical understanding of God situates him outside the natural universe, advances in science will never displace God. On the contrary, scientific advance makes the possibility of God more intriguing and more urgent.”
How Old Is the Universe?
“One reason people often perceive science to be at odds with faith is the common misconception that the Bible teaches that the universe is just a few thousand years old. In reality, the Bible makes no claims about the age of the universe, and most thoughtful Christians have no difficulty accepting the scientific evidence that the universe is much, much older.”
Be sure to take the time to read this in full at A Deeper Look at the Christian View of Science and Faith.