Saturday, September 29, 2007

Suspicious of Science?

People occasionally express doubts about the findings of science. Let's examine why this is true. Some scientists are metaphysical naturalists. They neither believe in the supernatural nor do they believe in the existence of the God of the Bible. Their work of discovery and application is based on natural laws operating, according to them, in a totally natural world. Such scientists, practitioners of good science, have many wonderful achievements to their credit, expanding our knowledge and enriching our material lives. Their achievements do not depend on whether they embrace supernaturalism or naturalism.

Other scientists are methodological naturalists. They believe in the supernatural and the existence of God. However, the science methodology operating in today's community of scientists does not permit them to include any supernatural considerations in their explanations of reality. In brief, they practice their science AS IF God neither exists nor ever existed. Because God's natural laws operate regardless of our belief or disbelief in Him, we have all enjoyed much benefit from scientists' discoveries.

In the last two centuries science has gradually become more and naturalistic and secular. There are both positives and negatives associated with this trend. Many Christians have taken notice and some, unfortunately, have become antagonistic toward science. Christian faith and scientific discovery should be allies, not enemies. The discoveries and achievements of science are gifts lovingly enabled by the Creator of this universe, the author of all natural laws operating within it.