This is the title of a book by John Blanchard, published in 2004 by Evangelical Press. In one chapter of the book, Blanchard confronts the frequently-expressed view that science has rendered religion in general, and Christianity in particular, redundant as a means of explaining the world.
One way of responding to this is to note some of the limitations of science’s explanatory power. For example, science is unable to:-
- tell us why the universe came into being. It is generally agreed that the universe came into being at a moment in time, but science is powerless to tell us why there should have been such an event.
- explain why there are scientific or natural laws or why they are so consistent and dependable. Science cannot explain why our universe is a cosmos, and not a chaos.
- explain why the universe is so amazingly fine-tuned to support intelligent life on our planet.
- explain why as human beings we are persons and not merely objects.
- tell us why the mind exists and functions as it does.
- add anything to the inner quality of life.
- define or explain ethical principles. It cannot explain love, justice, freedom, beauty, goodness, joy or peace, and so on.
- answer life’s deepest questions, such as why are we here, what is the point of being alive, how ought we to behave.
Nor can science deal with the great question of the existence of God. This is not surprising, because,
- God has no physical or material dimensions or characteristics.
- God is transcendent – over, above and beyond time, space and all finite reality.
- it is impossible to prove a universal negative.
Based on an article in Evangelical Times.