Simon Edwards: 3 Reasons Why Science Has Not Done Away With Belief in God

The belief that science has an answer for everything seems universal. Often alongside it is the notion that God is therefore redundant and that believing in him is reminiscent of believing in Santa Claus or the tooth fairy.

However, here are 3 reasons why science has not done away with belief in God and 3 ways in which science actually points to the existence of God.

Reason 1: Many world-class scientists are in fact Christians

It’s wrong to say science has clearly disproved Christianity when some of the greatest scientists alive today are Christians. Here are 4 top scientists who are Christians:

Francis Collins – former head of the Human Genome Project

Richard Smalley – Nobel prize winner in chemistry

Joseph Murray – Nobel prize winner in physiology who pioneered the concept of transplant surgery

Allan Sandage – until his recent death the world’s greatest living astronomer

Science itself is actually neutral on the issue of God, so it’s not so much a conflict between science and belief in God but between two worldviews – belief in God (theism) and atheism.

Reason 2: Engaging in science makes more sense if the universe is created than it does if everything is here purely by chance

It is no coincidence that modern science was birthed under a Christian worldview by people like Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Pascal, etc.

It’s because these people believed in an intelligent designer that they believed science was possible. If God the creator had created an ordered universe, they reasoned that the universe had to contain laws that could be discovered, and so it made sense to try to discover those laws. Belief in God thereby provided the theoretical foundations for modern science.

In contrast, if we believe that everything in the universe, including our brains, is here through a random and unguided process of time plus matter plus chance, what rational basis do we have to assume that anything our brains are telling us about the universe is true? In other words, what rational basis do we have to do science?

Reason 3: Science cannot prove or disprove God’s existence – it can only tell us more about how the universe works

Even if you were technically minded enough to pull apart an iPad to discover how every part of it worked, you wouldn’t in the process have disproved the existence of Steve Jobs. The reason science cannot prove or disprove the existence of God is that science can answer the “what” questions with respect to the universe, but not the “why?”.

Having said that, I believe science actually provides several clues about the origin and nature of the universe and they point strongly to God’s existence.

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Source: Christian Post