Science or Faith?

February 28, 2014 admin

chemistryIn the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

“The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.”

With those opening words, Carl Sagan launched the 1980 TV series Cosmos, which for a decade was the most widely viewed series in American public television. Since then, it reached an estimated audience of 500 million in 60 countries. Sagan, a Jewish-American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist always referred to the cosmos with a capital “C”.

Christian apologist Dr William Lane Craig observed that to Sagan and his viewers, “it became also God-surrogate, an object of religious awe and wonder and transcendence…the cosmos was more than just the universe; it really was a kind of substitute deity…a type of cosmic religion”.

And of course, Sagan’s introductory phrase is not subtle: in a universe where the cosmos is the only eternal entity, there is no room for God.

But in science – as in the academy, the courtroom, even in something mundane as a consumer sales transaction – the one making the assertion bears the burden of proof.

And although Sagan helped to perpetuate the common popular perception that science is opposed to biblical faith, that the discoveries the lab refute the content of Scripture, he offered no evidence for this atheistic claim.

I raise this because Sagan’s name is back in the media, courtesy of the soon-to-be-released sequel to his series. Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey will be released in March on the Fox and National Geographic networks.

In recent interviews, the program’s new host, astrophyicist Neil deGrasse Tyson continues to push the misinformed cultural stereotype that science rejects God. He slams those “who want to say the Bible is the literal truth of God”. And he goes further: all attempts to reconcile faith and reason have failed. In other words, if you believe in God, you aren’t thinking rationally.

The false dichotomy persists!

The compelling rebuttal is offered by geophysicist Dr.Stephen Meyer. He contends that with a naturalistic worldview such as that put forward by Sagan and Tyson, there is no room for a pre-existing Mind – that option has been ruled out before the discussion even begins!

However, Meyer reminds that in considering the origin of all things we are not asking “what is the best naturalistic explanation?” but “what is the best explanation in truth”. Is there evidence in the cosmos that suggests the creation of matter and energy in an instant in time, causing matter to organize itself, shaping the cosmos that we observe (and beyond), and subsequently bringing life from non-life??


Dr Meyer continues: if you want to build a living cell, a significant amount of information (like information coded in DNA) is required. Our experience teaches that whenever we see organized data – particularly in a digital form – we intuitively know this to be the result of conscious activity. Rather than pushing God out of the equation, this irrefutable evidence points clearly to the most intelligent Designer/Creator.

When you think about it, true science is designed to explain natural phenomena – by observation & experimentation, the scientific method, empirical evidence – and is therefore limited in its scope.

Takeaway: So let’s shed light on the shadowy smoke of the stereotype. Let’s join the conversation, particularly the exchanges of science that caricature the faith of Christ-followers. Let’s object – with a reasoned faith – when the God of the Bible is excluded from the discussion.