Can Christians do science?

I am always surprised when I hear people suggest that Christians and science cannot mix. Of course, they will acknowledge that there are Christians that are scientists, but they will often claim that these Christians have to leave their faith at the door when they enter the lab. The idea is that science is an entirely materialist endeavor that has no room for the divine. But, is this true? From where I sit: absolutely not.

In fact, I am inclined to think that it is the atheist who has to leave their worldview at the door in order to carry out their work as a scientist. After all, science depends on the regularity of the world as described in various laws and theories. That we can make scientific predictions, develop experiments, and uncover the order of the natural world seems to betray an intelligence behind the created world. Could we carry out science in an entirely random universe where there is no rhyme or reason to what we see? Or do we need a world that has obvious design?

The Christian, on the other hand, has no problem seeing order in the world and seeking to understand God’s handiwork. Indeed, for many famous scientists who were also devout Christians, it was their belief in God that drove them to investigate creation.

If the universe was created by God, then we should be able to learn something about it. However, if the universe came into being entirely randomly and has moved forward in the same manner, without the guiding hand of a super intelligence, then how can a person hope to learn anything about it today? After all, what is keeping something entirely random from happening each time you look through a telescope or microscope? Hmmm….. It seems to me that it is the atheist who has to leave their belief system at the door when doing science and not the Christian.

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