There’s a very interesting article at Christianity Today that conjures up the age-old tension between science and theology. In it, Christian physicist Karl Giberson (Prof. Eastern Nazarene College) discusses the spiritual implications of Stephen Hawking’s theory that our universe had no beginning – popularized by his 1988 book A Brief History of Time.
Giberson seeks to bridge the divide between science and theology by making the argument that the two need not be mutually exclusive.
(Hawking) has misled (his readers) about the religious implications of science and the apparent motivations of scientists; he has made bogus claims about theology; he has juxtaposed science and theology as if they compete to explain the same things. Hawking’s enthusiasm about doing away with God does not reflect the views of the scientific community, where there is widespread belief in God, and widespread disinterest in using science against religion.
Can science and theology coexist? Do scientific discoveries, especially those pertaining to the origin of the universe, work to discredit the faith? Or, is science for you something that helps to unlock our understanding of the mystery, wonder and brilliance of an awe-inspiring God?