Are There Things Science Can Not Explain?

Dear Brother Ron

Do you agree there are some things we simply cannot explain through science?


Dear Razzletop

Of course. In order to be scientifically valid, a theory must be based on observable phenomena. Furthermore, you must be able to duplicate the results in a controlled environment. There is a whole universe outside the limits of the scientific method.

The most obvious example is love. I love my wife deeply. But a scientist could argue that I only stay with her out of habit, a sense of duty or laziness and it was only lust that attracted me to her in the first place. Neither of us could prove our case in a laboratory.

The same is true of God. Since God exists in a reality beyond our concept of space and time, it would be impossible to contain him within a laboratory. Therefore, it would be impossible to scientifically prove the existence of God. On the other hand, just as I know deep down that my love for my wife is real, I know deep down that the love God has for me is real. That knowledge, however, is based on faith, not scientific evidence.

In discussing the debate between science and religion, we have to remember that scientists are human. Although they can not verify the existence of God to a scientific certainty, many scientists have a firm belief in Him. Famous scientists who expressed a belief in God include Copernicus (the first man to advance the theory that planets revolve around the sun), Gregor Mendel (the father of genetics) and Albert Einstein. Einstein once remarked to a colleague, "I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts. The rest are details."

So the next time you hear a preacher denouncing scientists as atheists, remember Copernicus, Mendel, Einstein, Galileo, Isaac Newton and the other scientists who shared a thirst for scientific knowledge with a deep belief in God. Contrary to what some believe, the two are not mutually exclusive.

Best always
Brother Ron

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