I am in no way a scientist. I struggled to get a CSE in physics at school but I do love to have my mind blown by science and the amazing world we live in and that God created. So last Sunday I really enjoyed talking about quantum theory for the first time ever in my sermon.
However, it did get me thinking, Christians have a funny relationship to science. At a scientific conference at City College of New York, a student in the audience rose to ask the panellists an unexpected question: “Can you be a good scientist and believe in God?”
Reaction from one of the panellists, all Nobel laureates, was quick and sharp. “No!” declared Herbert A. Hauptman, who shared the chemistry prize in 1985 for his work on the structure of crystals.
Belief in the supernatural, especially belief in God, is not only incompatible with good science, Dr. Hauptman declared, “this kind of belief is damaging to the well-being of the human race.”
Some scientists say simply that science and religion are two separate realms, “nonoverlapping magisteria,” as the late evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould put it in his book “Rocks of Ages” (Ballantine, 1999). In Dr. Gould’s view, science speaks with authority in the realm of “what the universe is made of (fact) and why does it work this way (theory)” and religion holds sway over “questions of ultimate meaning and moral value.”
But does it have to be either faith or religion? Does God need to go up against Science? Often you see a talk advertised at a church, ‘God vs Science” as if it has to be one or the other. But what if science was pointing us towards God all the time and we were missing it. What if God is in all things in all ways.
I came across this excellent article about how the cosmos is pointing towards the Creator and you can read it here.
Or you can watch the conversation the article was based on and enjoyed having your mind blown some more and maybe embrace science rather than seeing it as the enemy.