Theology Thursday

Q. 9. What is the work of creation?

A. The work of creation is, God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.

Westminster Shorter Catechism

I thought it might be worth spending another day on this Q/A of the catechism. The misconception of many, Christian and non-Christian, is that there is a war between Science and the Bible.

And you can understand why. The “Four Horseman” as they came to be known, the “New Atheists”, told us that Science and the Bible couldn’t co-exist. But was that/is that true?

Here’s a question. Why has the Science of the modern age developed in the West? What is unique about Western culture compared to Eastern, Islamic or Native American? It’s Christianity.

Well, as many others have established, it was the belief in the God of the Bible, a God of order/logic who has revealed His glory in creation was the necessary precondition for the Scientific method. It seems strange to us (because we are culturally Western) but for many other cultures, scientific discovery wasn’t a meaningful pursuit and therefore didn’t happen.

So rather than a war between God and Science as is often suggested. Modern science owes its existence to the very God it is apparently at war with!

Rather than there being a war between God and Science, I would suggest God is the Father of Science. And Science has a wonderful role to play in revealing more of the beauty, the power, the complexity and the immensity of the God who made all things.

For Today:
  • What is one scientific discovery you are thankful for?
  • Do you or do you know people who think that Science disproves God?
  • Watch a documentary that reveals the glory of God in nature.

  • Praise the Father God for His beauty, power, complexity and immensity.
  • Give thanks for science and technology and all their benefits.
  • Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you engage with science and technology wisely and well.

Passages: Genesis 1:1-31, Psalm 33:6, Hebrews 11:3

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