I have written extensively on the intersection of Science and Faith and the reasons why it is important for Christians to have an understanding of basic science so they can help correct the many misconceptions that non-Christians (and unfortunately many fundamentalist Christians) have about the symbiotic relationship between faith and science. This article by Fr. Aidan (Alvin) Kimel, an Orthodox priest, is excellent.
The rise of modern science created a problem for Christian theology. If God is not scientifically needed to explain why water freezes at 32°F or why the stars come out at night, if the universe is just a self-powered machine that can be intelligibly apprehended as a nexus of causes and effects, then does that not mean that God is utterly unnecessary? Perhaps the deistic deity of Voltaire, who creates the universe and sets everything in motion, is all that is required—and even he may seem superfluous.
Yet why did the practical atheism of modern science (i.e., the methodological exclusion of divinity from scientific hypothesis and investigation) generate such concern and upset? It’s almost as if the catholic doctrines of divine transcendence and creation got forgotten somewhere along the way. The Church should have taken the lead in telling the scientists of the world “Don’t treat Almighty God as a…
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