Does Christianity Oppose Science?
Once a man told me: “I don’t believe in God, I believe in evolution.” His message echoes a common belief in our culture that science somehow makes faith obsolete. It doesn’t.
This fellow was overly confident in evolution. Even if Darwinian evolution is true (which more and more scientists question), it only accounts for the diversity within organic life. It doesn’t account for the origin of life nor the beginning of our universe. Darwinism has nothing to say about that.
Science tells us that the Big Bang is when nature, space and time came into being. But science has no answer to what caused the Big Bang—a cause that must be beyond nature, space and time. A transcendent cause that’s extremely powerful. Sounds a lot like Genesis 1:1.
This universe, particularly our earth, is exquisitely fine tuned for life. This fact led, Fred Hoyle, the atheist astronomer who coined the term “Big Bang”, to say: “A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature.” No blind forces worth speaking about could create such a universe as ours. Interesting.
Science provides no evidence for the origin and order of the universe. It also fails to explain how inorganic matter crossed the threshold to become organic life. This requires the infusion of information found within DNA. But where does information come from? Information originates in mind, not matter.
This makes us consider our own minds. For within them, we find properties not found in nature, including rationality and morality. How would we account for these properties within the human soul if we’re merely molecules in motion? Science has no answer.
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