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I saw a sign on a church notice board recently; it said: There are some questions in life that can’t be answered by Google.
It made me laugh, but I was also tempted to change one word so that sign would read: There are some questions in life that can’t be answered by science.
Why? I have some atheist friends who seem to think that every important question in life can be answered by science, and any talk of God or the supernatural is redundant. For them science has become their God – it is the pathway to all knowledge, and a happy future.
But I disagree. Science is excellent for answering lots of questions about the world, the universe and nature – you might call those the “how” questions.
But it never has, and never will, be able to answer some of the most fundamental question in life. I call these the “why” questions. Why is human life precious? What’s the purpose of the universe? Where can we find meaning and value?
Science can’t answer those questions - it simply isn’t meant to. But they are still questions that everyone asks and they still need answers.
We need to search elsewhere. Christians believe that we find those answers, not in a test tube, or an equation or scientific theory – but in a person.
It was the famed 17th Century mathematician and scientist Blaise Pascal who wrote: “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ."
It was true then, and it’s still true today.
“Science: is it on the side of Christianity?” by Fuz Rana is one of the seminars at Unbelievable? The Conference 2013 on Sat 25 May.
Unbelievable? presenter Justin Brierley blogs on all things theology, apologetics and ethics.