Science vs. Faith

I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 57:9-11
In Speech Pathology, we study the muscles and connections of the face, head and neck and neuroscience- the workings of the brain, among other things. While they weren’t my favourite subjects at uni, they did add to my faith. How could any of it be anything other than designed? I don’t understand how you can study any type of science and disregard God as a result. Even my dad, who isn’t a Christian and is quite critical of the bible and history, sees that a designer God is behind creation- he fathered six children and came to this conclusion.
Yet so many people use science as an excuse not to believe in God. Last night at Prepared To Serve (PTS), where we help students think about how to be a Christian in a university context, we looked at Science vs. Religion. We looked at the ‘naturalist’ worldview, reading quotes from various famous atheists and naturalists, and working out the way they view and live in the world:
“I am against religion because it teaches us to be satisfied with not understanding the world. Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”
“Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending out brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up it in? This is how I answer when I am asked- as I am surprisingly often- why I bother to get up in the mornings.”  
Richard Dawkins
“To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure: to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy.” David Brooks- The Necessity of Atheism
Funnily enough, this debate has been on the minds of students at campus. Several students, on cards that were handed in just this week, posed questions for God, such as:
If God created the world in “6 days” and then rested on the “7th”, how could this statement even exist? Because a day is defined as a rotation of the earth. Therefore, the earth must have existed already in order to have such a statement. This leads me to believe that the bible is invalid.
Why on earth do people believe in god? If god did exist, and as the creator of humans and intelligence, do you think he would want to be repaid with blind faith? Would you like to join Richard Dawkins and I for a cup of tea?
Well, yes, I would actually. I would like to defend God’s name and the faith. And also, as I take it a little bit personally, to defend my intelligence. This is one of the great struggles I have with the whole science vs. religion debate- that while they rely on their logical arguments and rational intelligence, they miss so many things, and so many questions remain unanswered, and there are so many, so many!, inconsistencies in what they believe (even if they say they have no belief). If science is anything, it is an attempt to explain and observe what God has created, but it doesn’t answer why. You cannot know God personally through creation, but you can see that he exists, as my dad does.
The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities- his eternal power and divine nature- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.    Romans 1:18-20.
Ultimately, though, while the debate is engaging and a great intellectual exercise, I realise that unless they do believe in God, they will use their unbelief to make excuses. There is nothing else to do but pray for them, that God would open the eyes of their heart that they may see Him, and lead them to God’s word.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And when the centurion who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”   Mark 15:37-39.
Because, as God has reminded me over and over across the semester, He is in control, he chooses who he will, and we can only come to know him if He reveals himself to us. It’s not my own intelligence that saved my life; it was the death and resurrection of Jesus, and the pouring out of His Spirit.
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