Nancy Pearcey writes about the origins of modern science. She explains how it is the Judeo-Christian philosophy, in particular, the Christian faith in an all-powerful individual God that has lead to the rise of modern science.
She carefully analyzes why modern science didn’t arise from the polytheistic cultures of Rome, Greece and Egypt, or the mystical religions of the Eastern world. She explains why it was in the Dark Ages where Christianity was the motivating philosophy in Europe that science found its roots.
The bottom line is this. A sincere, educated Christian believes in a God who acts with power beyond the universe. He chose to make the universe the way it is, and the universe, like the Bible, is an echo of His personality and worldview.
Christians believe that the mortal experience that we are part of is no accident. God’s will is present just as strong on the earth as it is in heaven.
One of God’s characteristics is his logic and reason. He chose to use logic and reason, and not chaos, to rule the heavens, and so we can find evidence of his nature by the logical and reasonable nature of the world around us.
Another characteristic is the idea of testing our faith, putting it in God’s hands and not our pathetic understanding of God. That’s why the vast majority of early modern scientists where willing to test the hypotheses of the church and Bible in nature. They knew that by doing so they would learn more about God, the same way studying the Bible and learning more about the people, language, and history of events would help them grow in understand of God.
As a Christian, I find science to be a religious experience, and I also find science in my religious experiences.
I do not agree universally with the secular humanist scientists, because I know, for a fact, that they are not honest. The biggest source of their dishonesty is their bias against Christians. The history of science, as Pearcey points out, was written by the secular humanists, and they sorely misrepresented Christian doctrine and the influence of devout Christians to the most fundamental ideas in science. When people say that science and religion are at odds, I know that they are either misinformed or have some ulterior motive in separated science from religion.
There are frauds in the world today, and the good scientist is more than willing to expose fraud when it is discovered, even if the fraud is their own.
I find the only fields to be the most “pure” and free from fraud is the hard sciences: math, physics, chemistry, and related fields. High-Energy Particle physics, the area of science I thought I might enter after college, is full of people questioning the nature of reality, or rather, the basic laws that God laid down when he created light itself: “Let there be light.”
The fields I find to be full of speculation represented as fact are ancient biology, particularly evolution, climate science particularly those who claim that we’re all going to die unless we live in trees, and so on. These fields are plagued by scientists who practice witchcraft. They want something to be true, so they find evidence of it everywhere. How different that is from the Christian scientist who explores the nature of God by seeing the universe as it is, rather than what he wishes it would be! It is also in these fields that discrimination against Christian scientists is rampant. Is that a coincidence, or evidence that science and secular humanism are incompatible?
And that’s the crux of the arguments. It can be argued that only Christians make good scientists, and that any other faith, including those with no faith at all, make worse scientists. How can you feel motivation to discover truth unless you admit the core Christian doctrines that man is fallen, God is perfect and rules with absolute power over the heavens and the earth, and that God is a reasonable creature who expresses his mind in the laws of nature? Or the doctrine that man may become like God by adopting God’s ways and forsaking man’s ways?
Of course, Christians do not apply religious tests, because that is contrary to the way God works. Instead, we allow all, from all faiths, to participate in our society, governments, culture, industry and science. We are open to all because that is how God works and how he wants us to behave.
Those who do claim to have faith in science would do well to compare their faith with the Christian faith. I have found better Christians among those who claim no faith than those who claim to be Christian. Case in point: Christians who trust their preacher over God, and Atheists who trust the discoveries of science over their own senses. If they compares their faith against the true Christian faith, and not the polluted popular idea of Christianity among those who spend no time studying their religion at all, they would probably find that their life would benefit from devout worship of the Creator God, the Just God, and the Merciful God of the Bible.