Is Christianity a Science-stopper?

Those who hold that science, by nature, cannot be integrated with theological views about the nature of the world, are out of step with a long history of science.

This arbitrary, modern division between science and theology, making them enemies, was not made in the past. Most of the founders of modern scientific disciplines were Christians whose world-view was thoroughly integrated with their scientific practice. For example:

  • George Cuvier (1769-1832)--Great French naturalist, founded comparative anatomy
  • Carolus Linnaeus (1707-78)--Founder of modern taxonomy, the scientific classification of plants and animals
  • Blaise Pascal (1623-62)--The French mathematical prodigy, founded modern probability theory, advanced differential calculus and modern hydraulics, and invented of one of the first mechanical calculators. He was also the author of the famous argument for God called “Pascal’s Wager.”
  • Michael Faraday (1791-1867)--Discovered electromagnetic induction and developed the first dynamo
  • Gregor Mendel (1822-84)--Established the foundational tenets of modern genetics
  • Copernicus (1473-1543)--Laid the foundation of modern astronomy with heliocentric theory of planetary motion

Science and Christianity at odds? That would have surprised these men, and a host of others including, by the way, Sir Isaac Newton.

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Greg Koukl

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