When people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was sure. A scientist. No doubt in my mind. After all, I had the gem and mineral collection including Amethyst and Garnet (a must have for any scientist), I regularly put on science shows with a kit that could change water from clear to blue and then back again, and most of all I studied the universe constantly on our dial-up internet connection. I knew the difference between a red giant and a white dwarf, that Uranus was tilted and Pluto was still a planet (RIP).
Of course, the dream of being a scientist never panned out and I became a musician / tech person instead. But my love for science, molecules and the universe never went away. The size of the cosmos still racks my brain, the distance of the stars we see at night is awe-inspiring, and don’t even get me started on time travel. But lately, it seems as though I’m not supposed to love science as much as I do. After all, I’m an Evangelical Christian.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to defend any point of view here or try to make a case for Creation. But I do want to send a message to scientists, physicists, and astronomers everywhere:
I love what you do. Please keep discovering and searching for truth.
My belief is not threatened by or put into question every time a new discovery is made. I have plenty of questions about God and the Bible without science added to the mix. Instead, I am just as excited when we as humans find something new. For example, BICEP2 down at the South Pole found some ripples in the temperature of space. I’ve read it called the “smoking gun” of The Big Bang, and while I may not understand it completely, I find it pretty exciting.
The founding father of Inflation Theory, Stanford Professor Andrei Linde has a heart-warming reaction to the discovery as well:
I do appreciate his quiet skepticism though as he states towards the end,
I hope it’s not a trick.
So does this discovery which points towards the Universe starting with a Big Bang affect my belief? Not really. To be honest, even if science one day had a hard and fast explanation for every mystery of the universe, I would still believe in God.
Just as Professor Linde has his moment of skepticism, I appreciated the honesty from Bill Nye in his debate with Creationist Ken Ham. I grew up watching Bill Nye on TV along with many of my peers, and I also have watched many of Ken Ham’s teachings on Young Earth, Dinosaurs and Creation. Regardless of your belief, the debate is certainly worth watching:
Would I expect an athiest to be convinced of Creation from Ham’s arguments? No. Would many Christians just get angry at the arguments brought forth by Bill Nye instead of considering them? Probably.
Being a Christian, I guess many would see me on the side of Ken Ham. But Nye said something a few times I really appreciated. Something I wish Ham would have said as well. When asked about the origins of consciousness or what existed before the Big Bang, he said, “We don’t know. Help us discover.”
Now some may see that as an opportunity to jump on scientists and proclaim, “See! You don’t know everything!” And as Christians we sometimes feel if we don’t have all the answers maybe the Bible is completely false.
While Ken Ham never said, “I don’t know,” during the debate, let me go out on a limb here and risk being seen as having “little faith”: There are some things in the Bible that are tough to swallow.
Yes, Noah and the Ark is one of those stories. So is Jonah and the whale, and many others. Do I believe these things happened at some point in history? I think so. But I admit to you all, they’re a tough sell.
What’s my point? I want you, the scientist, the athiest, the evolutionist; to know that I too am excited when we discover something new. Don’t stop, keep seeking truth. I believe that’s what all humans should be doing, seeking truth in the realms of spirituality and in science. Keep asking questions, keep studying and experimenting.
And also, as Bill Nye said, there are many Christians and people of other religions that love science. Just know we’re not all against you.