It’s widely thought that science, the modern study of nature, is the product of the rejection of Christianity, as if science and Christianity are naturally at odds. As part of this narrative it is said that Christianity was anti-intellectual and disinterested in nature, as if it was backward. In this narrative it was the Renaissance that gave us the beginnings of science. Heiko Oberman (1930–2001), argued that it was a particular school of late medieval, Christian theologians who were a great part
…in the advance of both the natural sciences and theology. Subordinating speculation to experience freed physics from the confining grip of metaphysical systems that transcend experience. Once experience became experiments, modern science was born, and it was nominalism—not humanism—that had paved the way.
It was Christians who published Copernicus’ work in the early 16th century. Johannes Kepler was a Protestant as was Tyco Brahe. Galileo and Descartes, Pascal, and Newton believed their theorizing was a way of defending the Christian faith. There have been a number of believing scientists in the 20th and 21st centuries. One of my favorites is Michael Polanyi, who died in 1976. Dr Todd Pedlar is a Christian and a scientist. He’s Associate Professor of Physics in Luther College, in Decorah. He holds a PhD in Physics from Northwestern University and has done post-doctoral research at Cornell University. He’s the recipient of a number of grants and is widely published in refereed, academic journals. In other words, unlike Bill Nye and Ken Ham, he’s a real scientist.
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