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Aug 31, 2017 by Will Maule

Can A Person Of Science Really Believe In God?

It is a question that stumps many people: can a person of science believe in God? Outspoken atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Stephen Hawking may come to mind. What do they have in common? They both subscribe to a scientific worldview, and they are both staunch proponents of a world without the supernatural. They are atheistic evangelists.

Will Maule

Will Maule is a journalist and editor at HelloChristian.com. He's married to his wife Caroline and has a little baby boy. He loves guitars, tennis, golf, and tea. Will lives in Northern Ireland.

That is, they seek to articulate the reasoning behind their lack of faith, and convince others of their belief system. It is inverted evangelism. Dawkins' The God Delusion has sold over 3 million copies and was an Amazon best-seller for 51 weeks. The sharp-tongued Oxford professor earns a living by scoffing at any proposed scientific explanation for the divine.

But that isn't the end of this story. There are others who change the narrative. Simply put, you can be a scientist and an avid believer in Jesus Christ. The two are certainly not incompatible. Professor John Lennox is the living proof. Also a leading Oxford Professor in mathematics and science, Lennox travels the globe arguing in favor of God's existence and the central role of Jesus Christ in the redemption of mankind. Lennox is the only man to have unequivocally 'beaten' Dawkins in an intellectual debate on the issue of God's existence. 

“Indeed, faith is a response to evidence, not a rejoicing in the absence of evidence," Lennox says of the Christian belief system. In response to Dawkins' assertion that religion is simply a crutch for those afraid of death, Prof. Lennox famously quipped: "If religion is a fairy tale of those afraid of the dark, then atheism is a fairy tale of those afraid of the light."

Then there is Gerald Schroeder, a scientist with over thirty years of experience in research and teaching at MIT. And yet, he is also a firm believer in the Lord God as sovereign creator. How can atheists answer that? "The Bible is anything but superficial. The Bible is not an easy read, and nature is not a simple study," Schroeder wrote in his book God According to God: A Physicist Proves We've Been Wrong About God All Along.

What about Professor Francis Collins, the leader of the Human Genome Project? Highly respected in the upper echelons of the scientific discipline, the genius geneticist is also a believer. "Faith is reason plus revelation, and the revelation part requires one to think with the spirit as well as with the mind. You have to hear the music, not just read the notes on the page," Collins says. 

Despite being one of the greatest scientific minds on the planet, Collins also understands the need for faith when deciding to trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 

"Nobody gets argued all the way into becoming a believer on the sheer basis of logic and reason," he says. "That requires a leap of faith."

Oh, then there is Isaac Newton. As you know, this famed scientist discovered the laws of gravity. But did you know he was also a Christian? "I have a fundamental belief in the Bible as the Word of God, written by those who were inspired," he said. "I study the Bible daily."

How encouraging is this! You can be both a person of science and of faith. There is no contradiction between the two.


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