Faith in Science is not enough – we still need God!

“You cant be serious! Surely every proper scientist accepts that evolution is proven fact. Darwin disposed of the need for a Creator a long time ago. Wake up to the modern scientific world. Sure there may be some things we can’t yet explain, but inventing a God to fill those gaps in our current state of knowledge is ridiculous. We no longer need a god to explain where thunder and rain and lightning come from, and soon we will be able to explain everything else including how life came into existence.”

Recognise this statement of faith? Philosophers call it scientism – the belief that science is all and will explain everything eventually.

But what this belief system ignores is that there can be such a thing as science in the first place. What do you make of the following well know quotes from world famous scientists –

The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensibleAlbert Einstein.

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helming impression is one of order. The more we discover about the universe, the more we find that it is governed by rational lawsStephen Hawking.

Whoever has undergone the intense experience of successful advances in this domain is moved by profound reverence for the rationality made manifest in existence … the grandeur of reason incarnate in existenceAlbert Einstein.

God is a mathematician of a very high order and He used advanced mathematics in constructing the universePaul Dirac.

How is it that the universe works by mathematical principles and regular laws and that humans are capable of rational thought. Surely these fundamentals need some explanation? The argument that belief in God only amounts to plugging the gaps in knowledge with make-believe magical thinking misses the key point. We need a rational God to explain why science explains, why there is rationality, law and mathematics and logic, how it is possible for information to come into existence and be coded into genetics – or as the Bible says, “In the beginning God … and God said” (Genesis 1:1-3).

We may have faith that everything eventually will be explainable by physics and chemistry but this faith falls short of addressing how those things came to be in the first place. We may be willing to live with that lack of explanation – that’s just how things are – but don’t then say that science explains everything when it doesn’t have anything to say about where science itself came from.

People take it for granted that the physical world is both ordered and intelligible. The underlying order in nature the laws of physics are simply accepted as given, as brute facts. Nobody asks where they came from; at least they do not do so in polite company. However, even the most atheistic scientist accepts as an act of faith that the universe is not absurd, that there is a rational basis to physical existence manifested as law-like order in nature that is at least partly comprehensible to us. So science can proceed only if the scientist adopts an essentially theological worldviewPaul Davies.

The Bible teaches that the Creator is the originator of law and logic and gives us rational grounds for faith in His existence and in His purpose in creation. This is not wishful thinking – it’s God’s appeal to reason.

Stephen Palmer

Faith in Science is not enough – we still need God!
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