Science and God is a short booklet that’s part of the Little Black Books series distributed by Matthias Media (of St. Matthias Press, Australia). The basic tenet presented in this booklet is a response to certain celebrity scientists and atheists who have publicly expressed antagonism toward a belief in God by stating that science can replace belief in God. But the author points out a flaw in their “reasoning” when he states, “The conviction that our universe is ordered and relatively stable is at the very heart of science. And this is partly why the historical development of what we know now as modern science has had a generally happy relationship with the Christian faith.” Some of these scientists want us to view “religion” and science as direct opposites.
So in the booklet, Scott Petty lays out three reasons why we do not need to choose between God and science:
“1. Science and God have historically been good friends.
2. Some of the big name, heavy hitting scientists of the past and present were/are professing Christians.
3. Science and religion answer different questions.”
The authors goes on to explain, “If we take a layered approach, science and God can touch on the same questions from various perspectives, and the fact that we can understand the mechanism of how something works does not prove that there is no purpose or creator behind it.” We can use science to observe and learn about things like cosmic background radiation and galactic ripples which point to a sudden beginning of the universe. The Bible can tell us about the causes of these explosive events on a spiritual level. Both play their part so that we do not have to choose one over the other.
I agree with Mr. Petty when he states that science doesn’t answer all questions. It is completely ill-equipped to help us get to know God and understand Him better, to know our family members and our friends. That comes from personal and relational knowledge. Science doesn’t assist us much when we want to remember something in the past. That requires historical knowledge. And science isn’t helpful with philosophical and metaphysical questions such as why there is crime and hunger and poverty and how to eliminate them. It is only a small slice of all knowledge and is limited to the observable and predictable physical world.
Petty also touches briefly on other similar topics that get the reader thinking such as the Big Bang, who caused what (the Law of Causality), the design of the universe, what to think of evolution, the fossil record, the Genesis account, different religions of the world, science and miracles, life on other planets, and DNA. His common sense, sensible logic and everyday language make all these topics very interesting to read. What I especially appreciated were the resources and footnotes at the end of each chapter. There’s enough information there that a person who wants to do some additional investigating has plenty to get started with.
This book in the Little Black Book series makes a handy reference that can be perused in short time and referred to as often as it’s needed. It is easy to read, non-technical but still accurate with interesting illustrations. I enjoyed the author’s quirky sense of humor. I would recommend this book for any young person 6th grade and up. Adults will even enjoy reading this. It poses several questions to ponder.
“Science is a great pursuit because it unpacks the universe that God brought into existence; the universe that God designed with great precision and sustains with great care.” Science had always been one of my favorite fields of interest. There is so much to observe, to test, to learn about. God did not create a boring world. He wants us to look around and explore. What we learn can teach us quite a bit about Him: how He must have had a sense of humor when He designed the dinosaurs, the platypus, the dodos, and so many other things. How He must have wanted us to enjoy His creation’s beauty when He made flowers, rainbows, and the Aurora Borealis. To me, science has always been a means to point to a loving, caring God. It is one of many ways He uses to seek us out and demonstrate His love for us.
A complimentary review copy was provided to me by Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC) and Matthias Media. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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