There is this ridiculous idea floating
around that Christianity is a science stopper. Of course, the history of science
demonstrates just the opposite. Some people have the mistaken idea that
belief in God is a science stopper. If you believe in the Christian God or
believe the Bible, then it will stop, or at least hinder, the progress of science.
The simplest way to deal with this challenge is to look at the history of
modern science. History reveals that the monotheistic Christian worldview gave
rise to modern science. Why was modern science birthed in the
West and yet still born in the East? What was so special about the West?
Well first, they believed that the universe was orderly and intelligible
because they believed in an orderly and intelligible being who created and
sustains the universe. Here’s how C.S. Lewis put it, “Men became scientific
because they expected law in nature, and they expected law in nature because they
believed in a law giver.” Just who were these original men of science who
believed in a law giver? Well, the list is almost endless. It was people like
Francis Bacon, Galileo, Kepler, Blaise Pascal, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Gregor Mendel, Louie Pasteur, Lord Kelvin, James Clerk Maxwell, the list goes on and on.
Second, they believed that studying creation would help them better
understand and give glory to the God who made it.
For example, the Christian astronomer Johannes Kepler, he discovered the laws
of planetary motion. Here’s what he said, “I was merely thinking God’s thoughts
after Him. Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to
the book of nature, it benefits us to be thoughtful, not to the glory of our own
minds, but rather, above all else, the glory of God.” James Clerk Maxwell, who
gave us Maxwell’s equations and described how electricity and magnetism
are related, he had an inscription carved into the
Cavendish laboratory doors at Cambridge University. It said, “Great are the works
of the Lord studied by all who delight in them. Psalm
111:2.” For these men, God was the inspiration for their science, not a
hindrance to it. Christianity and belief in God are not science stoppers. In fact,
they were the modern science starters.