Have you heard about the so-called war between science and religion? There are many individuals in both camps who are convinced that the two can never be reconciled. They view science and religion (and especially the religion of Christianity) as in absolute opposition to each other.
I have to tell you that I am convinced that this is not the case. In the first place, so many of the earliest scientists were Christians. They saw the world as an orderly and planned place, and they came to believe that it could be studied in that way. And they were right. The Bible teaches that God is a God of order.
Of course, there are many today who say that our world is neither ordered nor planned. In so many ways, they are ignoring pretty good evidence. One of the truths behind any science experiment is this. If you do A, then B, and then C, you can expect that D will take place. There is order there. There is a plan. It is not an accident.
Some well-known atheists have admitted as such. “The world has all the characteristics of being designed,” one has written. But he cannot bring himself to that conclusion.
I recently read a book written by philosopher, Nancy Pearcey, titled, “Finding Truth.” The book is based on the teachings of Romans 1, in which Paul makes clear that there is enough evidence for anyone to believe in the reality of God. She has one chapter she calls “Freeloading Atheists.” The premise of the chapter is that atheists use concepts and reasoning from Christianity but still come to different conclusions. Richard Rorty, a committed atheist, actually referred to himself as a freeloading atheist.
Why do I bring up such things? What am I trying to do? Actually, I have two ideas in mind. First, I want to encourage believers to realize that we need not check our brains at the door when we go to worship. Some arrogantly claim that anyone with intelligence would reject what they call the “fairy tale of religion.” But that is not the case. The Creator of the human mind is pleased when we use our minds.
The second purpose to my writing is simply to encourage those with doubts to take a second look. Don’t be close-minded to the faith until you have carefully examined it. I would recommend the Pearcey book mentioned above. You can borrow my copy if you call the office. I am utterly convinced that the Christian faith can withstand careful scrutiny.
After all, if there is a God, he is clearly the most intelligent being of all. I am grateful that I can know him. I trust you will be able to do so as well.