12 Quotes on Faith and Science

Faith and Science QuotesWhat I see the current generation of apologists doing, is moving heavily into philosophy—I think that’s a good thing. I mean, what I notice is that, philosophers are becoming more and more predominantly Christian as time goes on, but I’d like to encourage balance, that we’d also be encouraging young Christian scholars to go into theological apologetics and scientific apologetics, and the latter’s where I see the greatest need. Too many churches are discouraging their young people from pursuing scientific disciplines. They kind of look at science as the enemy of the Christian faith… At Reasons to Believe we emphasize the opposite: science is the ally of the Christian faith, and we need to be sending an army of young people into the top scientific institutions, to get advanced degrees and to use those advanced degrees to develop new reasons to believe and to show people that we can integrate new science, philosophy and theology to find the truth that God wants us all to understand. – Hugh Ross (from an interview by Brian Auten at Apologetics 315)

Faith and Science QuotesScience is the poetry we use to articulate the genius of God expressed in the creation of the universe. It is a language to explain what exists, not an explanation to the question of why it exists.  Just as understanding how a well-designed plane keeps me safe at 36,000 feet goes no way to understanding what I’m doing in the plane in the first place. – Jonathan Sherwin (from Hasn’t Science Disproved God?)

Faith and Science QuotesFar from science having buried God, not only do the results of science point towards his existence, but the scientific enterprise is validated by his existence. Inevitably, of course, not only those of us who do science, but all of us, have to choose the presupposition with which we start. There are not many options — essentially just two. Either human intelligence ultimately owes its origin to mindless matter; or there is a Creator. It is strange that some people claim that it is their intelligence that leads them to prefer the first to the second. – John Lennox

Faith and Science QuotesWe’ve been told by more than one of our colleagues that, even if Darwin was substantially wrong to claim that natural selection is the mechanism of evolution, nonetheless we shouldn’t say so. Not, anyhow, in public. To do that is, however inadvertently, to align oneself with the Forces of Darkness, whose goal it is to bring Science into disrepute. Well, we don’t agree. We think the way to discomfort the Forces of Darkness is to follow the arguments wherever they may lead, spreading such light as one can in the course of doing so. What makes the Forces of Darkness dark is that they aren’t willing to do that. What makes science scientific is that it is. – Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (atheists) From their book, What Darwin Got Wrong

Faith and Science QuotesAs a scientist, it makes me very frustrated when people think that scientists are some kind of pure, disinterested, truth-seeking demigods. We’re human just like everyone else and we are driven by both good and bad motivations. Those motivations affect our science just as much as the motivations of businessmen affect their business or the motivations of politicians affect their politics. – Neil Shenvi (research scientist at Duke University; PhD in Theoretical Chemistry; visit his excellent website here)

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Faith and Science QuotesIf it were true that Christianity and science were incompatible, there would be no Christians who were respected scientists. If fact, about forty percent of professional natural scientists are practicing Christians, and many others are theists of other kinds. Fewer than thirty percent are atheists.Jeffrey Burton Russell (Exposing Myths About Christianity, p. 147)

Faith and Science QuotesBoth religion and science must make sense internally and externally. Internally, they need to be coherent and not contradict themselves. Externally, they need to attach to the outside world. But in both cases, there is room for error. If science is not careful, it will ignore beauty and poetry as means to knowledge. If religion is not careful, it will ignore science as a means to knowledge. We need both sense and sensibility. – John Mark Reynolds

Faith and Science QuotesA log is a seeming solid object, but a wedge can eventually split it by penetrating a crack and gradually widening the split. In this case the ideology of scientific materialism is the apparently solid log. The widening crack is the important but seldom-recognized difference between the facts revealed by scientific investigation and the materialist philosophy that dominates the scientific culture. – Phillip E. Johnson

Faith and Science QuotesIt was my science that drove me to the conclusion that the world is much more complicated than can be explained by science, it is only through the supernatural that I can understand the mystery of existence.  – Allan Sandage

Faith and Science QuotesThe information contained in an English sentence or computer software does not derive from the chemistry of the ink or the physics of magnetism, but from a source extrinsic to physics and chemistry altogether. Indeed, in both cases, the message transcends the properties of the medium. The information in DNA also transcends the properties of its material medium. ― Stephen C. Meyer

Faith and Science QuotesUsually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he holds as certain from reason and experience. Now it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. – St. Augustine

Faith and Science QuotesScientists rightly resist invoking the supernatural in scientific explanations for fear of committing a god-of-the-gaps fallacy (the fallacy of using God as a stop-gap for ignorance). Yet without some restriction on the use of chance, scientists are in danger of committing a logically equivalent fallacy-one we may call the “chance-of-the-gaps fallacy.” Chance, like God, can become a stop-gap for ignorance. – William Dembski

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