Friday, May 13, 2016


Is God a science stopper or science promoter? According to Regis Nicoll, retired nuclear engineer and physicist, God has inspired the quest to understand His ordered creation:

* Francis Bacon, Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, and Isaac Newton were all men of faith whose faith gave them hope that scientific knowledge was attainable. Because the universe was the product of an Intelligence that made it intelligible to intelligent beings, they had confidence that man could discover something of the true nature of nature by careful observation and experimentation. 

They believed that God had created rational universe and welcomed human attempts to understand it. Nicoll continues:

* Kepler put it this way: "The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God and which he has revealed to us in the language of mathematics." 

While all scientists employ a similar methodology to unlock creation's mysteries, there are deeper mysteries to ponder, namely, the origin of creation and its knowable order:

* Similarly, Newton warned people inclined to infer a "Clockwork Universe" from his laws of motion and gravity that "gravity explains the motions of the planets, but it cannot explain who set the planets in motion. God governs all things and knows all that is or can be done."

According to Newton, God establishes, underpins, and sustains His creation with His elegant, immutable laws. If this is so, then every finding of science belongs to Him, and He should be acknowledged for every piece of knowledge that we gain. 

Nicoll adds that God has enabled us to do science because of the intelligible nature of His creation:

* Our ability to learn about the universe derives from the fact that it is governed by laws and exhibits a rational order and functional design that reflect purpose.

Is this the conclusion of blind faith? Certainly not, but a necessary inference from our observations of a rational order.

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