As a science educator who is a christian, and more over a christian who takes the bible literally and not figuratively, I am constantly evaluating my belief system. I'm not sure if that is my scientific nature taking control of my thoughts, or simply human nature to question everything. Either way, on a daily basis I'm thinking about the evidences of God that I see in science.
Webster's Dictionary defines science as, knowledge or a system of knowledge covering general truths or the operation of laws especially as obtained and tested through scientific method. Many people argue that religion cannot meld with science because religion, such as the creationist view of the origin of the universe, cannot be tested through the scientific method. This means that the creationist view is a hypothesis about the origins of the universe and there are no scientific means of testing this hypothesis. Therefore it cannot be changed into a theory, much less eventually made to the law status. Scientist really don't like a hypothesis that cannot be tested. It's the unsolvable problem. It drives them nuts.
Religion, according to the great Webster, is defined as a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ador or faith. I think that last word is the stumbling block for most scientists. They say faith is something that the ignorant hold on to. Faith is the excuse you give when you can't prove the actual. I think they have more faith than they would admit. Faith is defined as something that is believed with especially strong conviction. The definition doesn't suggest that the "something" is not tangible. As I write this I'm sitting on a bench at the end of my bed that I bought at a thrift store for $3. This bench is a tangible piece of material in which I can see and feel. Yet I have faith that it is sturdy enough to resist gravity pulling me towards the earth. Just because you have faith, doesn't mean you are religious. Though I think many scientist, specifically anti-creationist, are religious. Remember the definition of religion was a system of beliefs held with ador. Scientists are married to science. Their entire existence, figuratively and literally, is glued together with science. This is a system of beliefs, and they ador it, just as I ador God. Science is their religion, yet they are blind to that. Don't forget this is biblical. Jesus said that many will hear but few will understand. Many will argue until they're blue in the face that science and religion do not mix. It's ironic to me. Is it to you?
About 90% of the earth's oceans remain unexplored. No human as ever been there. Let's say you are a marine explorer and you are on a dive to explore uncharted ocean floor. You're in your little subterranean vessel and crawling along the ocean floor. In your view you're seeing sand, rocks, fish, a lot of water. Suddenly you see something in the distance. You slowly approach. You begin to make it out to be square in shape and motionless. You creep up on it and begin to study it. To your amazement you realize that it is a computer, a laptop specifically. You use your robotic arms on your vessel to press the power button and discover that the laptop works, underwater. Suddenly the cooling fan turns on and it slowly zooms away from you into the darkness. Now, your first thought might be, "How in the world did a laptop get 7,000 feet into the ocean?" I would think your second question may be, "How did that laptop even work in the water?" I think anyone, scientist or not, would say their logical reasoning for this would have to be that another human was already down here and created a waterproof computer that can use it's cooling fan as a prop to maneuver. Would anyone have the guts to publish that they found this item and that they truly believe, through scientific "reasoning", that this object must have slowly changed through time, adapting to it's environment and is surviving on it's own. No WAY! The logical assumption is that someone constructed it and put it there.
This story may seem crazy but I would argue that human beings are much more complicated than computers. And here we are, living, breathing, reproducing, doing things that seem so monotonous but in reality are incredibly complicated. It would seem that the logical and most simplistic (to follow Occam's Razor) explanation is that we were created. I don't want to downplay what I believe in, but to me it seems that it takes a lot more faith to believe that our incredibly complicated and delicately balanced existence is all due to an unimaginally long and extensive series of chances. Talk about faith! I used to agree with it. But as I got older and began to really study science and how things in this universe work together I see more and more evidence that I was put here by a creator. My faith is that creator is God and not some alien race, which is another hypothesis of how we got here. It's ironic to me that scientist put so much faith into ideas of how we arrived here, such as the Big Bang Hypothesis though there are many more, and it's just a bunch of ideas. Notice I called it the Big Bang Hypothesis. That's what it is. It's not a theory. A theory only becomes that once it's been tested using the scientific method. We cannot test the Big Bang. We've tried, but to no avail. The theory of evolution, in terms of creating living beings, is using the term "theory" very loosely in my opinion. How can that be tested? Sure we've found evidence that certain species have adapted to their environment but that is still a long way from suggesting that we started as a single celled organism and slowly developed into the complicated beings we are today.
So how do science and religion fit together? I believe that science is a gift from God that allows us, the created, to peer into the realm of the creator. I think that God allows us to discover and invent new things in His timing. It's all there, in front of us, science that is. We are blinded to it until He decides it's time that we can handle the knowledge. If you look you will see evidence every day that He gave us this universe. Some are as common as the wind blowing, or how trees defy gravity by transporting water up, or how they take something that is bad for us, carbon dioxide, and produce something that is a necessity for us, oxygen...how crazy is that? Some are more complicated, like if the molecular structure of water was linear and not bent then there would be no liquid water on the earth...which would make survival a problem; or if the earth were just slightly smaller in mass there would not be enough gravity to hold our atmosphere and it would be blown away by solar winds like on Mars. Is it coincidence that the earth's magnetic field protects us from the extremely harmful radiation of the sun? God gave us the Northern lights to remind us of this, just as he gave us 7 other examples of planets who's factors for life to survive do not match ours. Why did he give us the universe? Well, maybe it's just there to humble us in His magnificence. We are NOTHING compared to the vastness of space. But the crazy thing is that the God who created it knows your name.
Science is a gift from God to allow us to see what he is capable of doing. Don't be scared of science. Many people are afraid that science is going to lead them away from God. Satan does that, not science. Science and religion are one in the same. Science constantly reaffirms my belief that God is real. In today's world, isn't that an ironic statement?