The God of the Gaps

     Both theists and atheists are often guilty of the same philosophical error.  The argument usually goes like this: "If science can't explain something then God did it.  There are some things that science can't explain, so it is evidence that God exists," or its converse, "If science can explain something, then God didn't do it.  Science will eventually be able to explain everything, therefore God doesn't need to exist." Each of these are based on a false premise.

     My concept of God is that He is the one responsible for the entire universe.  The book of Colossians backs me up on this one.  

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 

     If God made everything, including all of those pesky scientific laws, discovering how those things work doesn't detract from His authority. This was how Johannes Kepler responded after discovering that the planets moved in ellipses:

I feel carried away and possessed by an unutterable rapture over the divine spectacle of heavenly harmony... 

     Isaac Newton responded similarly.  Upon discovering the principles of universal gravitation, he praised the God who built the universe so elegantly.  Kepler called the process of scientific discovery "thinking God's thoughts after Him."  

     My hope is that, like many of the greatest scientific minds in history, we would be willing to go where both faith and science lead.  Let's use the senses and intellect with which He has enabled our exploration.


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