Last month I started a several part series on the ways Jesus claimed to be God. But I want to interrupt that series to talk about the relationship of Christianity to science which is the topic of our Apologetics Conference coming up on Saturday, March 14 at Biblical Life Institute. Science starts with and depends on, the idea of an orderly universe. I submit that this idea began with the teaching of the Hebrew Bible concerning the nature of God. Dinesh D’Souza discusses how the pre-Socratic philosophers also taught this idea but that it fell out of favor until “Christianity reinvigorated the idea of an ordered cosmos by envisioning the universe as following laws that embody the rationality of God the creator.” (What’s So Great About Christianity, p.93)
D’Souza then goes on to discuss the influence of Christianity on the formation of science and the connection of a Biblical world view to the work of science. “Scientists commonly search for new patterns and order in nature, and they use what may appear to be peculiar criteria to determine if they are on the right path. They often ask whether a relationship is ‘simple’ or whether it is ‘beautiful.’ Patterns that are overly cumbersome or ‘ugly’ are often rejected on those grounds alone. Why? Because even the most secular scientist presumes that nature embodies not only order but simplicity and beauty. This, I would argue, is the Christian residue of modern science.” (What’s So Great…, p. 99)
At our Apologetics Conference, I will share briefly how our topic from last year, The Authority of Scripture relates to this year’s topic of Christianity and Science. I will suggest that if we give up the world view found in Scripture we will lose the basis of modern science. J. Robert Oppenheimer said, “The early scientists also shared the outlook of Christianity in believing that there is a reasonable God, who has created a reasonable universe, and thus man, by use of his reason, could find the universe’s form.” Not that mere human reason is the ultimate criteria. In fact revelation, the understanding that God has revealed himself is the foundation of reason. All knowledge that we have with any kind of certainty, is only possible because God has made himself known to us and assured us of a world which we were created to live in and understand. [The basis of Christian epistemology]
My part in this event will be small. Our main speaker is Dr. Robert Carter who will speak on “The High Tech Cell” and “The Biblical World View as it Relates to Science.” Dr. Carter is with Creation Ministries International. He has a Ph.D. in Marine Biology and is currently focusing on human genetics. Dr. Carter comes to us highly recommended. Also with us at the conference will be Rev Dale Shunk who has a background in astronomy and will be sharing his experience in connecting science to faith.
There will also be some very special sessions for youth, Jr. and Sr. high students, and homeschoolers. These sessions will be led by Rev. Pete Malik and Travis Deans from “Teens for Christ’ based in Uniontown PA. They will be offering a special focus on dinosaurs. Check out BLI’s website for more information and to register. So “Do not be afraid of being free thinkers. If you think strongly enough you will be forced by science to the belief in God, which is the foundation of all religions. You will find science not antagonistic, but helpful to Religion.” (Lord Kelvin)