Does Science Point Toward God? (Interview with Melissa Cain Travis)
by J Warner Wallace
Much has been written about the alleged tension between faith, reason, and science. Much of this has to do with the accepted definition of “faith,”and some of the tension results from a misunderstanding about the proper role of evidence when drawing proper inferences. Melissa Cain Travis has been thinking deeply about these issues for several years as she’s been serving as an Assistant Professor of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. Her new book takes on this important issue in an innovative way:
Melissa, can you tell my readers a little bit about your background?
I grew up in a small town in North Carolina during the 80s and early 90’s, the daughter of a Baptist pastor, and I went on to attend a small Christian university, where I did my undergraduate degree in biology.
After I finished my undergraduate degree my husband and I moved to Houston, Texas, and I went to work as a research associate in the biotech industry. For the first time ever, I got to know and interact with scientists who were from a wide diversity of backgrounds and worldviews, and we had lots of interesting conversations about the big questions while sitting belly up to the lab bench day in and day out. Because of the culture I was immersed in from birth through young adulthood, I was only vaguely aware that some people see significant tension between Christianity and the natural sciences, so it was during those few years that I was hit with the alarming realization that I was very ill prepared to answer some of the deeper philosophical and theological questions that inevitably come up in dialogue about science and faith…