|Section 2: Questions & Answers|
|Science, Religion, Creation, and Evolution|
|9. Has Christianity hindered the
progress of science? Some people think so.
Answer: True biblical Christianity alone gives purpose and meaning to scientific research. Bible-believing Christians laid its foundations and have made outstanding contributions to its progress.
The Biblical Christian faith provided the philosophical foundation for the structure of modern science.6 This foundation is the concept of an orderly, rational, reproducible universe purposefully designed, created, and sustained by the infinite, eternal Creator. Many of the greatest names in the history of science, people who laid the groundwork in theory and experiment for modern science were devout believers in Jesus Christ and in the Bible. Notable in the last century were Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, and Lord Kelvin (William Thompson). Faraday, who pioneered in experimental electricity and magnetism, is called the greatest experimental scientist of all time.6 Maxwell developed the famous Maxwell equations for electromagnetic waves (such as radio waves) before such waves were even discovered.7 Lord Kelvin, a great British physicist, made important contributions to thermodynamics, geophysics, and many other fields of science.8 Each of these men was a Bible-believing Christian and a man of sterling character as well as a great man of science. Every field of science today owes much to the efforts of these and other Christians who have labored in scientific research, and many scientists today are Christians.9 How sad it is, not to say absurd, that so many people have been led to think that science must be tied to atheistic materialism.
Popper, Karl, Conjectures and Refutations (New York: Basic Books, 1963), p. 257....There will be well-testable theories, hardly testable theories, and non-testable theories. Those which are non-testable are of no interest to empirical scientists. They may be described as metaphysical
Popper, Karl, Unended Quest (La Salle, Illinois: Open Court Pub. Co., 1976), p. 168....I have come to the conclusion that Darwinism is not a testable scientific theory, but a metaphysical research programme--a possible framework for testable scientific theories.