Are Christians Afraid of Science?
The stereotype that Christians are anti-science is becoming puzzlingly pervasive. Actually most luminous scientists over the years have been theists and Christians. Many early scientists of the 16th and 17th centuries believed in God. They saw no conflict between their belief in God and their scientific work. These include Nicholas Copernicus, Sir Francis Bacon, Johannes Kepler, Blaise Pascal, Isaac Newton, Gregor Mendel, to mention a few.
Modern day scientists who are Christians include Francis Collins, the physician-geneticist who was a leader of the Human Genome Project before becoming Director of the National Institutes of Health. We also have Kenneth R. Miller, cell biologist and molecular biologist who is also professor of Biology and Royce Family Professor for Teaching Excellence at Brown University; William D. Phillips, a Nobel Laureate in Physics who said this about believing in God: “ I believe in God. In fact, I believe in a personal God, who acts in and interacts with the creation. I believe that the observations about the orderliness of the physical universe, and the apparently exceptional fine-tuning of the conditions of the universe for the development of life suggest that an intelligent Creator is responsible…I believe in God because of a personal faith, a faith that is consistent with what I know about science.”
Max Planck, another Nobel Laureate in Physics remarked in his lecture that “Both religion and science need for their activities the belief in God, and moreover, God stands for the former in the beginning, and for the latter at the end of the whole thinking. For the former, God represents the basis, for the latter, the crown of any reasoning concerning the world-view.”
Charles Townes is another Nobel Laureate in Physics. When asked the question: “What do you think about the existence of God?” Professor Townes responded: I strongly believe in the existence of God, based on intuition, observations, logic and also scientific knowledge.”
Dr. John Lennox is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. He is also a Fellow in Mathematics and the Philosophy of Science, and Pastoral Advisor at Green Templeton College, Oxford, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University and at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Furthermore, he is a Senior Fellow of the Trinity Forum. Additionally, he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Program at the Executive Education Centre…. Professor Lennox is an avowed Christian apologist.
Yet another Nobel Laureate in Physics, Arthur Schawlow, said the following about believing in God: “I find a need for God in the universe and in my own life.”
The list of Christian scientists and scholars of stellar intellectual ability goes on and on…
Christians are not anti-science nor are they afraid of science. How can they when they are actively involved in scientific research and investigation, and are contributing significantly to knowledge as much as their non-Christian counterparts? Their view of science is that it reveals how God structured the universe and the laws that govern it. Science unveils the wonders of the universe and the glory of its Creator. As such, science is a mere tool for beholding the universe and the power of God, which leads us to a deeper worship of this awesome God. Novel scientific discoveries witness to the Creator God.
The problem, therefore, for Christians is not science. The problem is scientism, which is the excessive belief in the power of scientific knowledge. It is the view that science is the most authoritative worldview, eclipsing any other worldview, and that those who disagree with some of its tenets are intellectually deficient. Christians are opposed to “the wrong-headed belief that modern science supplies the only reliable method of knowledge about the world, and its corollary that scientists should be the ones to dictate public policy and even our moral and religious beliefs simply because of their scientific expertise.”
If science reveals God’s handiwork, why would Christians fear it?
“…Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…” (1 Peter 3: 14, 15, ESV).
 William D. Phillips, “A Letter to the Compiler T. Dimitrov. May 19, 2002. Accessed from http://www.atheistsexposed.tripod.com/nobelistsgod.htm
 Max Planck, “Religion and Naturwissenschaft, Leipzig. Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag, 1958, pp. 27
 Charles H. Townes. 2002. A Letter to the Compiler T. Dimitrov. Accessed from http://www.atheistsexposed.tripod.com/nobelistsgod.htm
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5 John West in Christian Post Reporter by Napp Nazworth. 2014. Accessed from http://www.atheistsexposed.tripod.com/nobelistsgod.htm