21st September 2011
Faith And Science
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)
Some people dismiss religious faith as believing in something regardless of the evidence, or in spite of the evidence, but the Bible says we believe because of the evidence.
I have been reading a fabulous book called “The Case For A Creator”*, by Lee Strobel, a copy of which was given to each of our campers at S.E.P., the Christian Youth Activity Camp sponsored by the Worldwide Church of God UK for two weeks each summer on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland.
Lee, once an atheist, was a professional legal journalist with the Chicago Tribune. He also studied science, and after a comprehensive investigation including interviews with noted scientists, concluded in his book, “I see faith as being a reasonable step in the same direction that the evidence is pointing.”
One of the scientists he interviewed, Stephen Meyer, who has degrees in physics and geology and a Masters in the History and Philosophy of Science from Cambridge, is author of a number of books about Science and Intelligent Design. Meyer said, “We discover his (God’s) fingerprints in the vastness of the universe, in the dusty relics of paleontology and in the complexity of the cell.”
Physicist Paul Davies is quoted as stating, “In my opinion science offers a surer path to God than religion.”
Nanoscientist James Tour of Rice University adds, “If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God.”
Astrophysicist and priest George Coyne assures us, “Nothing we learn about the universe threatens our faith. It only enriches it.”
John Polkinghorne, a mathematical physicist at Cambridge became a full-time Minister, saying, “No one has ever seen a quark, and we believe that no one ever will. They are so tightly bound to each other inside the protons and neutrons that nothing can make them break out on their own. Why then, do I believe in these invisible quarks?…In summary, it’s because quarks make sense of a lot of direct physical evidence…I wish to engage in a similar strategy with regard to the unseen reality of God.”
In short, as Romans 1:20 (NLT) says, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”—except blind faith that God does not exist, based on no evidence!
We stand in awe of you, God, as we see you more and more clearly through science and the examination of your glorious creation, from the tiniest amazing quark to the vast beauty of the universe. Therefore we worship, praise and follow you gladly.
Study by Nancy Silcox
*The Case For A Creator, by Lee Strobel, 2004, Zondervan ISBN 0-310-24209-6