Can you believe in God and be a good scientist?
Most modern scientists would say “No”. They would say (or at the very least imply) that science is for smart, intelligent people who are interested in facts and truth; while God is for the “religious” type who need some way to explain the things they can’t understand.
But this has not always been the public opinion. Historically, science grew out of a desire to know God and His creation more deeply. The vast majority of early scientists were Christians and pursued science in an attempt to learn more of God. Furthermore, what they found in scientific discoveries only affirmed their belief in God. Albert Einstein expressed this succinctly when he stated, “The more I study science, the more I believe in God.”
Although the common opinion is that God/religion is at enmity with science, this is not the case at all. This is simply a myth generated by two university professors who lived in the 1800’s, Andrew White and John Draper. Timothy Larsen, a Christian historian who specializes in the nineteenth century, states: “The so-called “war” between faith and learning, specifically between orthodox Christian theology and science, was manufactured during the second half of the nineteenth century. It was a construct created for polemical purposes.”
Many brilliant scientists of our day have affirmed the truth that science complements a belief in the God of Christianity. One example of this is Joseph Taylor, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993. He said: “A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.”
I believe that the myth of the conflict between science and religion is one of the major ones that must be debunked for our culture to return to God. Science is an amazing subject to study, as the universe is made up of so many intricately interconnected parts working together in such a perfect way as to support life. These complex patterns support rather than refute the idea of an intelligent Designer. What are the chances that our human DNA (which, by the way, took many scientists 13 years to unravel our unique DNA sequence during the Human Genome Project) came together entirely by chance to create the perfectly functional human beings we are? It takes more faith not to believe in an intelligent Designer than it does to believe in one.
We must help our culture to see the unity between God and science. We must help them see that science only stacks up more evidence for the existence of God, rather than being an “intelligent” alternative to believing in God. Scientific discoveries provide overwhelming evidence for the existence of a pre-existing intelligent designer of the universe – GOD.
The question should be:
What does Science tell us about God?