In speaking with many young people, I discover that most do not believe in God because they feel an impossible divide exists between God and Science. Further questioning reveals they honestly do not know much about either subject. After careful study of both, one may logically conclude that we have very strong proof for the existence of God, using none other than science to get to that point. Yet others feel differently. In 1883, Nietzsche proclaimed “God is Dead.” The sentiment was echoed by Time magazine over 80 years later. Many do not have a sincere faith in God, citing scientific theory regarding the origins of life as the answer. But, is this logical?
First, we must understand what science means. Wiki says, “Science (from Latin scientia, meaning “knowledge”) is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. In an older and closely related meaning, “science” also refers to a body of knowledge itself, of the type that can be rationally explained and reliably applied.” Akin to math and logic, we use science to explain what happens in the world around us.
Many early scientists such as Galileo and Issac Newton believed in God and saw science as a way to observe, learn and gather information about God through His creation. In observing nature, stars, chemicals and more, they felt they saw just a tiny part of the brilliance and creativity of their deity. Other scientists came to faith in God after objectively studying the wonders and depths of the natural world. When one sees, firsthand, the intricacy used in the creation of even the simplest of organisms, they witness one of the strongest evidences for intelligent design and, by extension, a creator. Some may feel that to do so jumps to a conclusion rather prematurely, however, it does follow logic.
Yet, many scientists pound drums proclaiming the opposite. Natalie Wolchover stated, “Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe — can now be explained by biology, astronomy, physics and other domains of science.” This viewpoint seems paramount in our colleges and high schools, as students, when questioned, feel that any sort of validation for God’s existence continues to shrink as scientists discover evidences for evolution and the big bang theory.
Using pure logic and reason, however, neither group is right. While we may find clues about the nature and intelligence of God as we study the world around us using science, it ultimately cannot conclusively prove or disprove the existence of God. After all, God is defined as a spiritual force. John 1:18 declares that no eye has seen God. Isaiah 64.4 goes a bit deeper in stating that no ear has heard the voice of God, as well. Science specializes in forming explanations of observable phenomenon. Yet when it comes to the intangible realities, such as morality, it cannot assist. Yet no one argues that we need both morality and science.
A Newsweek article puts it best. “”Science is a method, not a body of knowledge,” says Michael Shermer, a director of the Skeptics Society, which debunks claims of the paranormal. “It can have nothing to say either way about whether there is a God. These are two such different things, it would be like using baseball stats to prove a point in football.”
Ultimately, while you can certainly find logical support for creative design and the existence of God using the scientific method, you will certainly never find infallible proof. And many people use that same methods to somehow support their belief that God does not exists. Ultimately, the heart of the matter is a matter of a heart. Ravi Zacharias put it best when he said, “God has put enough into the world to make faith in Him a most reasonable thing. But He has left enough out to make it impossible to live by sheer reason or observation alone.”