Science and Christianity


One reason why young adults are leaving the church is due to the tension they experience between Christianity and Science. A research conducted by the Barna Group in 2011 confirmed this as one of six reasons why 60% of those 15 and older, went away from the church either permanently or for extended periods of time.

During my university studies, I too struggled between my cultural christianity and the science major I had chosen. I was a declared agnostic because I was under the impression that the two could not be reconciled; the textbooks didn't reveal that several prominent scientists were also devout christians like Michael Faraday and James Maxwell. I found out about their faith while I began writing the Lightlab lessons ten years ago! Hence they became the feature scientists of the book Lightlab, where I mention their contributions to Modern Optics and examples of their faith (Chapters Two, Seven, Eleven, Twelve).

“The book of nature, which we have to read, is written by the finger of God.” Faraday

“I think men of science as well as other men need to learn from Christ, and I think Christians whose minds are scientific are bound to study science that their view of the glory of God may be as extensive as their being is capable.” Maxwell