One of the blogs I’ve been reading more and more is All Things 2 All. Catez is a deep thinker, a terrific writer, a woman who is passionate about Jesus Christ and the impact of Christianity on the world we live in.
You need to go take a look at her most recent effort, posts by a number of contributors (including me) on the subject of Science and Faith.
These two world forces are often depicted as two lumbering Sumo wrestlers, locked in sweaty combat, neither willing to be conquered by the other. This sort of hype sells magazines but does a disservice to both faith and science.
In my own view, there is no question that God is real and his Word is true. Honest science will never discover anything about the world except that which brings honor and praise to our awesome God. For this reason, the Christian church has historically encouraged and supported scientific inquiry as fully compatible with faith.
Some scientists have in fact embraced an anti-God agenda, but they are a tiny minority. As men and women created in the image of God, I think we can explore the mysteries of God’s created universe and at the same time hold fast to our faith in his genius, his majesty, and the wonder of the world he has created for us.
Science is not the enemy of faith; ignorance is. Go read what Catez has collected. Consider all the works of His hands, and praise Him.
I like that Phrase:
” Honest science will never discover anything about the world except that which brings honor and praise to our awesome God. “
Whenever science sets out to prove that God does not exist or that creation and biology spontaneously sprung from nothing entirely on their own, it perverts itself and becomes something quite opposite to science.
I believe in God and that He lives and speaks to us today and His word in the bible is good. I’ve had a number of visions (which qualifies me as a kook in some circles, I’m sure.)
I know a number of scientists, physicists and well educated people that are devout Christians that have no problem with a mix of the two. I see no conflict. There are those out there that will jump to make an issue of it.
What I do see is that God reveals a little more of His works every day. His art and His craft are works in progress and we learn just a little more through scientific breakthroughs every once in a while when He thinks we can handle it, I suppose. What we have now would have been considered magic a few decades ago.
Particulary I know of two physicists who became wobbly in their anti-faith and finally decided that there was just too much going on, too much out there, and too much complexity in what they were learning to not have been orchistrated by something other than chance. They converted to believeing that there was a god and it was God. Eventually they became to understand Jesus and accepted him too.
Grace and Peace,
Science is such a complex subject, possibly at times, a field with lots of ego at stake. Which is clear. There have even been bouts of “outsiderness” inside the scientific community (molecular biology vs. ecology, or mathematics vs. physics), and samples of dogma rising above scientific acumen are too numerous (even once is too much as in the “Clovis first” mandate). Skepticism has long served science well, but it really might be time for a new paradigm — a subtle, yet powerful shift in mindset and thinking. Could “selfless restraint” fill that duty? It has all the proper elements minus the excess baggage that all too often goes with skepticism. One look at the “skeptics” forums and websites, and you can see the amount of illogics that often discover their way into scientific thinking.