The Science of the Lawgiver
“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.”
An article in the New Scientist magazine suggests that the Reformation was a spur to scientific development. In their minds, Luther was a rebel, and it was this attitude of rebellion that led to the free-thinking required for modern science to develop. The article actually favorably compares the courage of Luther’s “Here I Stand” speech with Galileo’s easy capitulation on the subject of the Earth orbiting the Sun.
Many of today’s scientists have little truck with belief in God. Even those who do believe do not ascribe importance to God’s work, still believing that evolution has everything to get it started.
Scientific principles should, however, be repeatable, under the same conditions. There is a uniformity and predictability to scientific laws. Yet, evolution suggests that progress has proceeded by random changes. In practice, these sort of random changes do not happen.
Creationists expect scientific laws to stand firm. That is because we live in a universe created by God. It is this knowledge which has led thinkers down the ages to recognize scientific laws. C.S. Lewis says:
Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Legislator. In most modern scientists this belief has died: it will be interesting to see how long their confidence in uniformity survives it. Two significant developments have already appeared – the hypothesis of a lawless sub-nature, and the surrender of the claim that science is true. We may be living nearer than we suppose to the end of the Scientific Age.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You have put scientific laws in place so that we can make predictions and study Your wonderful universe. Amen.
Ref: Lewis, C.S. (1947), Miracles: a preliminary study, (London: Collins), p. 110. Image: Adobe Stock Images, licensed to author.
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