There is an incredible synergism between what is discovered when you study nature and what is discovered when you study God! Professor Jonathan Feng, PhD, makes this point in his interview on Purpose Nation Podcast Episode #3 (published on August 14, 2017). Professor Feng is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at University of California, Irvine. He holds degrees from Harvard, Cambridge, and Stanford and he is a committed Christian!
Here is Professor Feng’s bio: http://hep.ps.uci.edu/~jlf/
Here are some of the points he made in the interview:
1. Most of the controversy between science and religion comes from extremists who over sell one side of the argument. For example, the majority of scientists think Richard Dawkins does a disservice to science; his extremist views actually hurt the discipline.
2. The natural world is put together in such an elegant and wonderful way! You can’t study science without wondering why is it like that.” Christianity can answer that question.
3. You also cannot work in the sciences with wondering why is it that we can figure this stuff out? Christianity also has the answer to that question!
4. Since God created our universe and since we are created in God’s image and since he wants us to investigate nature, we should not be surprised that the universe is intelligible to us.
5. All scientists believe that there is a single truth that exists; there is an ultimate truth and you can go and find it! None believe that everyone has their own version of the truth. When scientists think they have found the truth, they try to convince everyone that reality is this one truth.
6. Dr. Feng has not personally experienced the animosity toward religion that many speak about and he doesn’t think Christians are as absent from academia as people think. He believes that most of the antagonism is from the media and the public; he has not seen it from his scientific colleagues.
7. He looks to the examples of Michael Faraday & James Clerk Maxwell; both devout Christians. He related the story of when Faraday was asked to be the president of the Royal Society, he turned it down by saying that “it was not what God wanted him to do.”
I have several blog entries on the incredible synergism between science and Christianity: