Here’s another good one from Lee Pierce! Enjoy! -anita
No Science without God
I’ve often stated my surprise and complete incredulity at the scientific community’s inability to give God His due when it comes to the physical world all around us. In fact, that same community often jeers and mocks the thought of the very existence of God. In my mind, it kind of gives credence to the old Shakespearean maxim that maybe they protesteth too much! Maybe the science community senses that its stated beliefs don’t stand up to logical criticism very well, but then the Bible says that will be the case: “Professing to be wise, they became fools.” [Rom 1:22]
My thinking on this matter was piqued recently by something I read from Dr. R.C. Sproul. In his teaching series called Creation or Chaos, Dr. Sproul notes that natural science has enjoyed much acclaim in the last 100 years or so as a result of the many great advancements in virtually all fields of study. At the same time, the discipline of theology has not enjoyed similar acclaim, Sproul says. In fact, he goes on to say, many people believe that science and theology are opposed to each other. In Sproul’s opinion though, theology is a science in and of itself. This belief is well founded if you consider that science is typically defined as the study of the structure and behavior of the physical world, topics that get great attention in the pages of the Bible.
The statement made by Dr. Sproul that caught my attention most was this: “A universe governed by chance gives us no foundation for science.” His point is that science lives by the scientific method, whereby experiments are conducted to prove a given postulate. A theory is given more and more credence as experiments are done which continue to give the same results. Sproul’s point is that if, in fact, the universe we live in is really just governed by chance and not by divine order, then no experiment conducted can ever expect to get recurring results.
But recurring results, in themselves, strongly suggest that there is some order, some unbending rules, at work in our world. And this is quite consistent with what the Bible has to say on the topic of order in the universe in Genesis 8:22.
While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest,
And cold and heat, and summer and winter,
And day and night, shall not cease.
Psalm 74:17 says that “[God] hast established all the boundaries of the earth; [God] has made summer and winter.” It seems illogical to me in the extreme that science would say on one hand that everything that exists evolved by chance, and yet allow for the fact that their experimentation shows predictable results time and time again. I don’t think one can have it both ways!