Why Christianity is a Reasonable Faith


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“I came to the following conclusion: science is silent on God.”



 


As an academic, I have many agnostic and atheistic friends. They are often surprised when I tell them that I am a (Christian) theist because to them, science has shown that there is no (need for) God. This view that science and theism are diametrically opposed to each other seems to be quite common, but having thought long and hard about the issue, I came to the following conclusion: science is silent on God.

Science is the human endeavour to discover and understand natural laws, which provide mechanistic explanations based on available evidence. For example, the big bang theory (or any other cosmological theory) is an explanation of how our universe came to be. The theory of evolution is an explanation of how as complex a species as homo sapiens can result from a series of adaptations. However, what science cannot provide is the reason why something---rather than nothing---exists or why humans evolved at all.


Christianity on the other hand, deals with the why. We exist because God willed for intelligent beings capable of studying and reflecting on the intricacies of the universe and recognising his hand behind its beauty. Furthermore, this God came into the very time and space that he created as Jesus, so that we may not simply be in awe of his handiwork but also know him personally, and to know God is our purpose.

Of course, one could believe that there is no reason, that we are all here by accident, and since the universe will one day collapse, that our existence is ultimately inconsequential. In the end, belief or unbelief in God is both a choice that requires some faith. The difference is that one choice leads to purpose and the other leads to inconsequence, and being Christian is choosing purpose.

James Whang