For years now, the world has made scientific breakthroughs of every kind, whether it be the moon landing or the discovery of the Highs boson particle. Such discoveries have given the critics of Creationism ammunition to attack religious believers, and as I have seen, said attacks have been very successful in turning people away from the goodness of God. Nowadays, high schools have become very secular establishments, with any mention or discussion of religion or God being scoffed at and written off as antsy.
This chapter from Henry J. Earring’s book is a fascinating look into his life, and how a scientist of his caliber had to deal with such scientific discoveries affecting his faith. J. Reuben Clacks quote about “intellectual courage” I believe is the most profound and important part of this chapter. Clark states that the beliefs of respectable church officials may be shaken, due to fear of rejection from their academic colleagues.
I strongly believe that Clacks supercharged statement to the Saints about these scientific discoveries not changing the ultimate truths of the church is very true and very relevant; God does not change, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. However, to deny this scientific evidence would be a mistake as well. Discarding the theory of evolution or the Big Bang Theory would almost be ridiculous, due to the massive amount of evidence supporting these theories. But, why do science and religion have to exist as opposites, one without the other?
Is it possible that science and religion are intertwined in this world and that people do not have the knowledge r wits to see it? I firmly believe so. While I may have a strong belief in the Gospel and God, I have begun to see more and more that the world around us is the work of our great Heavenly Father. Both Albert Einstein and Max Planck were men of faith; Einstein being a pantheist, and Max Planck being an observant Lutheran. Such men were infinitely important to various discoveries in the scientific world, and they discovered these breakthroughs with a belief in God.
In 1937, Planck actually delivered a lecture entitled, “Religion and Natural Science” where he stated that “both religion and science require a belief in God. ” These men were not the only people to believe that scientific discoveries came from knowing the mind of God himself; others included Johannes Keeper and Sir Isaac Newton. These people realized that the universe has a set structure and order about it that comes directly from God himself. Unfortunately, the modern world has this need for a physical manifestation of heavenly beings and their higher power.
God does not bend to the will of man; God is tot subject to what people demand of him because he is all powerful and our ultimate creator. This has led to a decrease in the belief in God, especially in recent times, and believers are typically mocked for their beliefs in the secular world. Many secular scholars have tried to debase the Biblical timeline as stated in the Bible, especially after the discovery of radioactive decay in rocks. This discovery led scientists to believe that the world was over four billion years old, and therefore whilst debunking the so-called “Biblical age of the Earth” that was said to be only bout 6,000 years old.
However, we as human beings don’t know exactly how God operates, how He goes about creating things, how He perceives time as opposed to our perception of time. This is one of the great many mysteries of God that man has yet to uncover and probably will never uncover, due to the fact that God does not need manifest a sign among our rebellious generation. For all the preaching’s of tolerance and love that society teaches today, there seems to be a great deal of ignorance and intolerance (on both steadfast scientific livers and devout Christians).
People nowadays have completely ruled out the possibility of science and religion having anything to do with each other whatsoever; there is no happy medium, and there probably never will be. The world around us is a pure manifestation of God’s goodness and love. However, I don’t believe that that nearness that scientific evidence or theories are instantly wrong. I have wrestled with this topic of discussion for many years now, as I have longed to know the truth about the relationship between science and religion.
The conclusion I accept is that God manifests his works through science; as technology becomes more and more advanced and we learn more about the world around us in a scientific sense, the more I believe that God took into account the great detail that was needed for this world to be created. I personally believe that if people were to open their minds and accept that God need not be the enemy of science, the world could be understood in a vastly different way, and we as humans could begin to see into the mind of God himself.