The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order which has been imposed on it by God, and which he revealed to us in the language of mathematics. – Johannes Kepler
I recently began reading Evidence That Demands a Verdict by Josh and Sean McDowell. The purpose of the book is to make a rational, evidence-based case for the truth of the Christian faith. The introduction addresses several common misconceptions about Christianity like, “There can’t be just one right religion,” and “God has not provided enough evidence for rational belief.” It has been very interesting. One misconception of particular interest to me is, “Christianity and science are at war.” As someone who has both loved science and believed in Jesus since I was a child, I am moved by the importance of this subject.
As the McDowell’s challenge this misconception they cite several eminent scientists throughout the ages who have also been believers in God. Even more significantly, they show how belief in a rational God who created an ordered universe has actually been a driving force for many scientists. After all, if an intelligent God made the world to be governed by certain consistent natural laws, then it is neither futile nor vain to diligently seek to discover those laws.
Of course, one need not be a Christian to be a great scientist. And some Christians do resist science, perhaps fearing that it will undermine their faith. Nevertheless, the truth can always stand up to examination and testing, so true believers should be the friends of true science. After all, The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof, so further discovery of how the world is made can only ultimately redound to the glory of the God who made it.
The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics. – Galileo Galilei