Although science is a handy tool for explaining nature and the physical world there are some questions that science can’t answer by its own limitations. These would include ethical truths, aesthetic truths, logitcal & mathematical truths, metaphysical truths, and so on. Deborah Haarsma explains that “Many questions related to morality, ethics, love and so on, are questions that science simply isn’t equipped to answer on its own. Science can provide some important context, but religious, historical, relational, legal, and other ways of knowing are needed.” (1)
John Lennox, mathematician and philosopher of science, provides a simple illustration to show that God doesn’t compete with scientific explanation: “God no more competes with science as an explanation of the universe than Henry Ford competes with the law of internal combustion as an explanation of the motor car” (2) In the case of Henry Ford we need him to explain the existence of the Ford motor vehicle, and to argue that he competes with the law of internal combustion as an explanation would seem irrational. In the same light a Christian may argue that God competes with scientific explanation is unfounded, especially given that God set the whole show in motion in the first place.
1. Interview with Dr. Deborah Haarsma in: Religion, Science and Society. 2015.
2. John Lennox quoted by Heather Tomlinson in Ten quick responses to atheist claims (2014). Available.