God’s Science

God's Science

Written by Kyle Scott

Kyle Scott is a husband to a rad wife, father of two incredible kids, and follower of Christ. A former aerospace engineer and current petroleum engineer, he loves to problem-solve and dig into how things work. This has carried over into an extracurricular passion for understanding our fascinating universe (astrophysics & cosmology). He's been studying God's creation and following many leading science authors for years. He‘s passionate about equipping himself, his kids, and others to ask questions, wrestle with tough concepts, and work towards logical answers about God and Science.

April 6, 2023

Have you ever struggled with the conflict of God vs Science? There is a strong message out there, especially from authors in popular scientific communities, supporting the idea that “the more we can explain with science, the less we need God to account for it.” Said differently, the more we hypothesize, experiment, learn, and describe existing natural processes of our beautifully complex & intricate world, the less we need some behinds-the-scene creator to explain how/why things happen. Science continually removes the mystery and therefore slowly degrades support that a god even exists. From both a scientific/logical and an emotional/spiritual perspective, I whole-mindedly and whole-heartedly disagree with this message. It isn’t God vs Science, it’s God’s Science. Here’s a brief intro about me and how I started this journey towards appreciating God’s science…

For the past ~6 years, I have become so intrigued in learning how our universe works. I have read or audibled dozens of books about astrophysics, cosmology, physics, mathematics, artificial intelligence, big bang, time relativity, quantum mechanics, etc. My favorite authors include Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, Brian Cox, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Michio Kaku, Richard Feynman, Max Tegmark, & Sean Carroll. I soak up every book these scientific beasts write. I’ve even attended in-person lectures from some of them. They are all shining examples of humble curiosity and inspire me in a way hard to describe. The problem, however, is that nearly all of them support the “science reduces God” message; not outright, but quietly in their tone. After years of ingesting, I found myself starting to question if this message was correct. I felt my “armor of God” weakening, and it was very unsettling. One morning, I prayed if God didn’t want me to entertain this scientific curiosity anymore, I would put down the books and focus only on His book. Right after that prayer as I was starting my drive to work, I remembered a recent text I received from my best good bud with a link to a song. For the first time, I listened to “So Will I” by Hillsong Worship, and it rocked me. It’s about God creating light, galaxies, creatures, mountains, oceans; they were all made to worship Him, and so will I. I don’t cry much, but good gosh, I broke down on that car ride. I felt God’s clear answer and presence. He is so much bigger than this measly debate. My God isn’t so small that He buckles under scientific scrutiny. On the contrary! It’s HIS science! The beautiful laws of nature that describe and guide our universe now, at the cosmic creation event, and into the future are His and only His by meticulous deign. He gave us curiosity, logic, skepticism, and reason so that we can/should learn more about the world he created.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 says “Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good.” Paul clearly writes that we are to test. This is exactly in-line with the scientific method. Test and hold on to what is good (discard if it fails experiment). I should therefore be unafraid of God not surviving experimental test & scrutiny. My God is big enough for that.

Romans 1:20 says “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” Again, Paul is very clear that we are to see and understand God’s hidden qualities by looking at nature. In fact, these qualities should be so abundantly clear that people are without excuse!

Having been through this struggle, I am much more appreciative of God’s design and more equipped to navigate real world debate. Critical thinking with a biblical perspective is a learning/quality I want to pass along to my kids as I continue to develop it myself. We are not just allowed to, we are biblically encouraged to question, research, test, wrestle, and pray for wisdom/understanding regarding the world and the Word. Doing so reveals more about God’s unchanging qualities, which helps paint a clearer figurative picture of His face and a more accurate literal description of who He is. If we know Him more, we can love Him more appropriately. I want my kids to never be afraid of realistic and inevitable conversations about the big bang, age of universe, aliens, artificial intelligence, time relativity, multiverse, etc. At first glance, someone may try to reduce God in these realms. But equipped with curiosity, logical skepticism, open-mindedness for truth, love for the scientific method, and knowledge of the Bible, they can be confident their Creator has always and always will survive scrutiny and be bigger than any question posed. In fact, those very debates are opportunities to show others how big He really is, and why it’s God’s Science.

This is my first post, which I hope provides context for future posts, where I will get into more details, examples, resources, and personal stories.

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