Some months ago, Ken Ham, a scientist who supports the biblical model of creation, and Bill Nye, an atheist, had a debate on whether religion and science can co-exist. I watched the debate and while I thought both sides presented their views well, I had disagreements, even with Ham.
The main problem I had with the debate is hat neither side considered the idea of compromise. To hear Nye, accepting those who accept Christianity would mean taking us back to the Dark Ages. I strongly disagree. Christianity is still just as relevant today as it has always been.
What Nye and others like him fail to acknowledge is that many scientists throughout history have accepted God and used that to drive their studies. Christianity has played a great role in science’s history. Georges Lemaitre, the physicist who first proposed the Big Bang Theory, was actually a monsignor (high ranking Catholic priest). Interestingly, Nye actually mentioned the Big Bang as part of his side of the debate. Gregor Mendel, the founder of genetics, was a Catholic monk. Louis Pasteur was a Christian, and his name is the root for the word pasteurization. Blaise Pascal was a Catholic mathematician, physicist, and writer (ever heard of Pascal’s Wager?). Nye’s dismissal of Christianity’s place in scientific discovery negates those and all other scientists who believe in God as well. Heck, even Pope Francis has a degree in chemisty.
My point is that science shouldn’t rule out Christianity. God cannot be objectively observed, but let’s not leave him out of the picture altogether.