Why you Can’t Have Science Without God

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Let me help my readers understand a critical fact: Without God, specifically the Judeo-Christian God, science would not exist.

Why God, or rather that God? Because the God of the Bible is a God of law and order. He is the one who stretched out the heavens. He is the one who gives law to all matter within the universe. There is no randomness where God’s laws apply. The apply fully and completely in every moment of time and in every corner of the universe.

This alone is not enough. Even if animals believed in such a God, they would not develop science because they can not think like God. Only man is set a little lower than the angels. We are created in the image of God. We are promised that we can become like God if we adhere to the doctrines that God teaches. This potential to become like God includes the potential to understand the laws that govern the universe. It is the Christian faith that teaches us to reach up and pluck the fruit of understanding from the tree of life, rather than accept life as an animal, without understanding.

This still, is not enough. One more core ingredient is necessary to develop science. With the above two qualities, a sort of science can emerge, but it would be a science of revelation, dependent solely upon man’s ability to understand God’s revelation. There is no judge except God, and he has only promised to judge mankind in the final judgment.

The last and final critical ingredient is the experiment. In the experiment, we try out our ideas against the universe itself. Since we believe that God ordered the universe, since we believe Man is capable of understanding those laws, and since we believe that God is no deceiver of men, then when we interrogate reality itself, we expect to get solid, reproducible answers that do not contradict what God has done.

This is, in short, the principle of faith that Christ and the prophets taught. Take what little understanding you have, and try it out. If it is good, then it will produce good. If it is not, then it will not.

Modern science simply cannot exist without these three assumptions.

Atheists like Dawkins and Bill Nye would have you believe that starting with those three assumptions makes one stupid or uneducated. I don’t know why they have this idea, except to blame it on the great deceiver of all mankind who would sift us and bring us down to his level.

Without God, what foundation of science could there be? Why should simply staring at the heavens be enough to drive someone to begin experiments with the idea that they will be reproducible, or to apply logic and reason to the universe with the idea that it should apply? Whatever reason you come up with should explain why, in all of recorded history, modern science was not invented until Christians who had rediscovered the sacred volumes of literature we call the Bible took the reigns of scientific thought in the world.

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4 Responses to “Why you Can’t Have Science Without God”

  1. tensor Says:

    Why should simply staring at the heavens be enough to drive someone to begin experiments with the idea that they will be reproducible, or to apply logic and reason to the universe with the idea that it should apply?

    While I’d be fascinated to know what kind of “experiments” you believe ancient astronomers performed on the heavens, there are at least several human-centered reasons for making detailed measurements of the night sky:

    (1) While most of the stars appear fixed, there are several ‘wanderers’ (in ancient Greek, ‘planentoi’). Years of careful observation revealed they do NOT wander; they follow precise paths. These ancient observations are the basis for our heliocentric model of the solar system, which, in turn, is essential for understanding the greater universe:

    (2) While the stars appear scattered randomly, and fixed in place, very careful observations over centuries allowed us to understand the stars move in space. Further detailed observations, over decades with modern telescopes, enabled us to discern the very rich structure underlying our galaxy, and the overall universe. Every celestial object observed behaves according to a strict, yet simple, set of laws.

    (3) Exploration and commerce depend upon fixed landmarks for travel. The ‘fixed’ stars provide such guideposts, as they do not move rapidly enough to change position over the course of a human journey.

    Your failure to understand the actual motivations of real scientists tells us a lot about your own cognitive limitations, but nothing about their science, which is the only reliable way to understand reality.

    • Jonathan Gardner Says:

      Your failure to acknowledge WHY the Greeks began measuring the paths of the planets, and WHY they knew those paths to be regular, also shows your ignorance. Hint: Atheism wasn’t invented in ancient Greece. They were all pious and devout believers in their respective religions.

      Also, you failed to note WHY scientists began “experimenting” with the heavens. (Yes, by proposing an idea, and testing to see if the data upheld the idea or not, they were experimenting, even though all they could do was observe.) Why did they think it would be interesting? Why did they try to combine math/logic and the heavens? What could possibly be special about the heavens that it should follow logic and order, and laws which could be discovered and understood by mere mortals?

      Once again, you can’t have math and astronomy without God. Without the idea of God and his particular attributes, we would not have any reason to look up and try to understand.

  2. Robert Bonfiglio Says:

    You say, “There is no randomness where God’s laws apply.” I guess quantum physics doesn’t count then!

    • Jonathan Gardner Says:

      I hope you are aware that I did quite will in my QM course in my undergrad studies of Physics.

      And I hope you understand that even though there are random processes, the outcomes are definitely not random, particularly when you have a large enough number of events.

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