It seems people are increasingly assuming that science and religious faith are incongruous—that the more we learn about our world and our physical beings the less we need God for explanatory purposes. How did we arrive at a place where God, who has preoccupied the human mind for millennia, has been kicked to the proverbial curb?
The field of science has dramatically changed our world. Many diseases from which multitudes would have died are now distant memories due to the relentless research of incredibly devoted scientists and their constant pursuit of cures for current killers. Without doubt, we have much to be grateful for when it comes to science.
However, there are some things that cannot be explained through the lens of a microscope or a telescope. Science cannot answer questions of why or how something came from nothing, nor can it explain consciousness or what really makes us human. It also lacks the framework by which we determine value for another or why we should treat one another kindly. Furthermore, whatever hope science offers expires when a biological human specimen breathes their last breath.
Still, science has become deified in our culture. It has become somewhat of a religion—an “ism” in its own right. Scientism has its own clerics, such as Richard Dawkins. Dawkins, and other similar writers, derive great satisfaction and entertainment calling into question the rationality of the ignorant sap that still holds to any other religious belief.
This has caused many reputable scientists who do believe in God to be cautious about how vocal they are about it. In some ways, this may be recompense for those who may have been afraid to voice their naturalistic beliefs in centuries past. When Francis Collins, who is a Christian, was nominated to head up the National Institute of Health, people questioned his qualifications due to this perceived incompatibility of science and faith. God gets pitted against science.People are increasingly assuming that science and religious faith are incongruous Click To Tweet
However, God delights in our discoveries and in seeing human beings figuring out the universe. Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer, once said, “scientific investigation pushed on and on will reveal new ways in which God works, and bring us deeper revelations of the wholly unknown.”
The world is there for us to explore and extract knowledge if it and of God. Galileo believed that God did “not require us to deny sense and reason.” Even Darwin at best admitted that he could only be agnostic about God as the universe and consciousness point to the existence of a Creator. Both the practice of science and belief in God need a reasonable amount of faith.
Scientism rejects the “Light of the world” as it claims to create its own light. It hopes that with every step forward science takes, God will take that many more backward into total irrelevance. Sadly, pushing God out of the equation becomes a disservice to the human soul, where science is severely limited.