This term we will be looking at different areas of the curriculum and how they link with faith, starting with science.
“I don’t believe in God. I believe in science” is a sentence I have heard numerous times, and often people think that they are using it as a strong argument, but it really does not convince me at all. Why? I don’t believe in science!
Don’t worry there’s no need to get worried or concerned, it’s a matter of terminology and science isn’t something that we believe in. Science is the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. Whereas to believe in something is to accept that something is true, especially without proof.
To say that science is a reason why people don’t believe in God, because it has been able to explain so many things – that I understand – but to say it’s because they believe in Science – not possible!
There are so many people who think that there has to be a conflict between science and faith, when actually they work together so beautifully. The argument from design is one example of this, where there is an acknowledgement of the intricacy in the natural world, that makes it work so perfectly, and then the argument suggests there is design which means there must be a designer which must be God.
The purpose of science is to discover more about the world. I am so grateful for the work of scientists, the discovery of medications, advancement in technology, understanding the world and eco system. Albert Einstein said “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind” – he didn’t believe in a personal God but he recognised that there had to be something more. Science helps us to understand more and more about how the world works, when I discover more and the beauty and amazement in the world I find myself more dumbfounded (which is quite amazing). Some have said that science helps us to understand how, and God helps us to understand why – they don’t have to contradict, or be enemies. They can go hand in hand and compliment each other. After all Psalm 111:2 is one of the many verses in the Bible that shows this saying:
“Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them”
Look at the world, discover the world, try to observe the behaviour of it – consider why that is there.
Challenge: think about how science and faith can go hand in hand in your everyday life
Prayer: father God, we thank you that you created this world so intricately, thank you that you have given us the skills to discover more about it and to be able to use it to help others and to help the world. Help us to want to learn more about you through the world you have given us. Amen