Sure, some would argue this point to which the likes of Richard Dawkins and William Provine would apply. Many atheists claim that science has left no room for belief in God. Dawkins, for instance, puts particular emphasis on evolution as being the knockout blow. However, the Christian might argue that Dawkins is mistaken as if he grants the truth of evolution it does not follow that God was not involved. Given a Christian conception of God he would have most likely been involved within the process (initiating it or guiding it).
Either way science cannot rule out God or prove his existence, so in essence Dawkins goes beyond the realm of science and into philosophy. Christians also believe in a God who transcends his creation and is responsible for its workings and wonders in the first place. Given that science cannot explain him away as Dawkins would suggest. Christian geneticist and evolutionary biologist Francis Collins explains:
“If humans evolved strictly by mutation and natural selection, who needs God to explain us? To this, I reply: I do. The comparison of chimp and human sequences, interesting as it is, does not tell us what it means to be human. In my views, DNA sequence alone, even if accompanied by a vast trove of data on biological function, will never explain certain special human attributes, such as the knowledge of the Moral Law and the universal search for God. Freeing God from the burden of special acts of creation does not remove Him as the source of the things that make humanity special, and of the universe itself. It merely shows us something of how He operates” (1).
And in her research paper Dr. Elaine Ecklund discovered that “for the majority of scientists I interviewed, it is not the engagement with science itself that leads them away from religion. Rather their reasons for unbelief mirror the circumstances in which other Americans find themselves: they were not raised in a religious home; they have had bad experience with religion; they disapprove of God or see God as too changeable” (2).
Ecklund argues that it is not someone’s commitment to science that makes him an atheist but rather a host of other personal factors. The Christian may further point out that many scientists and intellectuals have claimed that science has enhanced their faith in God.
Darrel Falk, a professor of biology, suggests that nature evidences “God’s masterful plan.” He beleives that “All species came about through a gradual process that included natural selection, genetic drift and sexual selection. Christians should see all of this as the product of God’s masterful plan and ongoing activity” (3).
Atheism is not the default position of thinking intellectuals within science and other sophisticated fields of expertise. This was succinctly put by the philosopher of science John Lennox when he noted that “Atheism is not the automatic default position for all thinking people who hold science in high regard” (4).
1. Collins, F. 2008. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief.
2. Ecklund, E. Science Vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think. p. 17.
3. Falk, D. 2011. NPR’S Adam and Eve Story. Available.
4. Lennox, J. 2011. Gunning For God. p. 15.