Science and Creation are Not in Conflict
Creation is often portrayed as anti-science. The exact opposite is actually true. Most of the founders of modern science; intellectual giants such as Faraday, Newton, Galileo, Pasteur, Kelvin, Maxwell, and many others, believed in a recent creation by the God of the Bible. This belief drove them to discover more about an orderly creation made by a logical God – not to deny the very existence of this God.
I recently toured the Kennedy Space Museum in Florida and was astounded at the capabilities of science and the creativity of mankind as they sent rockets to the moon almost 50 years ago. Over only a brief eight-year period (from 1962-1969), over 400,000 people were brought together by the common goal. Seeing what it took to bring this dream to reality brought to my mind a statement from Genesis 11:6, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.” What saddened me as I visited display after display was the thought of millions of children seeing this testimony to mankind’s bravery, intelligence and creativity without a clue as to the faith of the men who were instrumental in making space exploration possible. Let me give one of the many possible examples:
Wernher von Braun was the German scientist who was instrumental in developing American’s missile technology from 1945 to 1960. He was also the head of NASA from 1960 to 1970 (during the development of our space program). Many believe that without his insight and leadership the space program would have failed. If anyone should have seen science as supreme over religion, it would have been von Braun. Yet the opposite was true. According to this brilliant scientist, “One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all…To be forced to believe only one conclusion – that everything in the universe happened by chance – would violate the very objectivity of science itself. What random process could produce the brains of a man or the system of a human eye? It is in scientific honesty that I endorse the presentation of alternative theories of the origin of the universe, life, and man in the classroom. It would be an error to overlook the possibility that the universe was planned rather than happened by chance.”
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