Science & Religion

Lady Doak College, Madurai 14.2. 2018

Are Science and God in conflict? The metaphor warfare or conflict started in 1896 when Andrew Dickson White published a book entitled, A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom. Later this notion was being propagated by few scientists like Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawkins & Peter Atkins. This idea is simply false. Sir Isaac Newton who discovered the law of gravity and wrote the most famous book – Principia Mathematica was a devout Christian. He said: ‘The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.’ When you trace back the origins of modern science, it is utterly fascinating what you will find that up until the late 19th century; scientists were typically Christian believers: Kepler, Boyle, Maxwell, Faraday, Kelvin, and others. Modern science exploded in the 16th and 17th centuries in Western Europe under men like Galileo, Kepler and Newton because of their conviction that the laws of nature that were then being discovered and defined reflected the influence of a divine law-giver. CS Lewis said, ‘Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected because they believed in a law Giver. Science became the motor that drove their belief in God.