Why Science Matters
It's long been said that Science and Religious belief don't merge and cannot merge. The leading atheist of today state that Christian beliefs have no validation within the world of Science. However, they could not be more wrong. They are dismissing the entire history and origin of Science itself by stating such a claim.
The sheer fact that we are able to DO science is in fact a good rationale for the existence of God. It's a much deeper argument than this blog will go into. However, think of the grand historical scientist who changed the way we think of the universe. Some years after Copernicus, in 1632, Galileo challenged the Aristotelian view in his famous book Dialogue concerning the Two Chief World Systems. This incident has gone down in history as an remarkable example of how Christianity is antagonistic to science. Yet Galileo, far frombeing an atheist, was driven by his deep self-conviction that the Creator, who had “endowed us with senses, reason and intellect,” intended us not to “forgo their use and by some other means to give us knowledge which we can attain by them.” Galileo held that the laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the “language of mathematics” and that the “human mind is a work of God and one of the most excellent.”
That's a serious statement from a serious scientist. However, even further we can see that Sir Isaac Newton the father of science says in the most amazing scientific treating ever written:
This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being....This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all; and on account of his dominion he is wont to be called Lord God"pantokrator," or Universal Ruler....2
Scientific inquiry, which then existed as Natural Philosophy, could not exist apart from "the Maker," according to Newton. In fact, science was the perfect realm in which to discuss God.
Since every particle of space is always, and every indivisible moment of duration is every where, certainly the Maker and Lord of all things cannot be never and no where....God is the same God, always and every where. He is omnipresent not virtually only, but also substantially; for virtue cannot subsist without substance.…It is allowed by all that the Supreme God exists necessarily; and by the same necessity he exists always and every where....And thus much concerning God; to discourse of whom from the appearance of things, does certainly belong to Natural Philosophy.3
Though he lived before Darwin, Newton was not unacquainted with the atheistic evolutionary theory on origins. He was convinced against it and wrote:
Blind metaphysical necessity, which is certainly the same always and every where, could produce no variety of things. All that diversity of natural things which we find suited to different times and places could arise from nothing but the ideas and will of a Being, necessarily existing.4
I think that it's clear that the odd people out are the Atheist who claim Science/Christianity isn't compatible. The entire premise of their argument is based on erasing the father's of their own practices. Science is wonderful, amazing and jaw dropping. The fact that Mathematic inquiry works is mind-boggling. We live in a reasonable, designed and specific universe.
So, in conclusion I want to voice that anyone, Christian or not, who claims Science has no business with Religion (or vice versa) are simply ignorant to the topics. I believe the system of science brings us closer to seeing the Glory of God.
- Newton, I. General Scholium. Translated by Motte, A. 1825. Newton's Principia: The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. New York: Daniel Adee, 501. The Greek word pantokrator is most often translated as "Almighty" in the King James Version.
- Ibid, 505-506.
- Ibid, 506.