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Commentary by Roger Oakland

   The front cover of a Newsweek magazine has a headline that reads: “Science Finds God.” For years science has been instrumental in explaining away the need for the supernatural. Now some scientists are saying that the “new science” explains who God is. Is there a reason why this is happening?            

According to the leading paragraph, author Sharon Begley claims there is a new trend underway. She states: “The achievements of modern science seem to contradict religion and undermine faith. But for a growing number of scientists, the same discoveries offer support for spirituality and hints of the very nature of God.”[1] 

                So what is happening? For years scientists have been championing the idea there is no need to rely upon the supernatural to explain the natural. Why all of a sudden do we hear so much about science and religion joining hands? Is this a sign that people are turning to the God of the Bible? Or is the God that so many scientists are beginning to find the God of the Bible

                For example consider the remarks of Arthur Peacocke, a biochemist who became a priest in the Church of England in 1971. As one of the scientists who has now “found God,” Newsweek claims Peacocke has no quarrel with evolution. In fact to the contrary, he finds in evolution “signs of God’s nature.”  Peacocke infers from evolution, that God has chosen to limit his omnipotence and omniscience. He believes that the appearance of chance mutations and the Darwinian laws of nature act to bring about the diversity of life on Earth.[2] 

Another promoter of the idea that God and evolution are compatible is John Haught, founder of the Georgetown University Center for the Study of Science and religion. He believes that the evolutionary process suggests that God has a divine humility – a God who acts selflessly for the good of creation. He says the fact that God used evolution to create is a “humble retreat on God’s part – much as a parent lets a child be and become without interference – so does God let creation make itself.”[3] 

Now, are you beginning to see why a secular magazine like Newsweek would publish an article in support of the idea that God can be found through science – when the science they are talking about is the philosophy of evolution.  

Anyone, who accepts the view that God directed the process of evolution, to create, does not understand what the Bible states about creation. The God of the Bible did not allow some haphazard process involving the survival of the fittest to bring about all living things.  

The science that permits the idea that God and evolution are compatible promotes a view that is based upon an eastern worldview. You can expect that it will become increasingly more popular in the future. Stay with what the Bible teaches rather than what men are saying. That way you will always be right.

[1] Sharon Begley, Science Finds God, Newsweek, July 20, 1998, p. 44

[2]  Ibid. p. 50

[3]  Ibid. p. 50

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