Notepad Apologetics, Short Lesson #4: Must We Prove God (part 2)?

Rick Mattson Apologetics 2 Comments

In my prior post I told of meeting up with Larry the science professor for lunch one day, and how he pressed the point on me of the superiority of science over religion in discovering truth and acquiring knowledge.

As an atheist, Larry’s point was clear: God as an explanation is not only inferior to science, God is not needed at all.

Larry is a caring guy and a good listener, rare in my experience of science-only atheists.

I asked him why I should settle for science when I can have both science and God, and thus a more complete picture of the world.

This question challenged Larry’s assumption that God and science contradict. I was suggesting that the relation of science to God is not an either-or question but a “both-and.”

That is, science and God are compatible.*

“For we theists,” I said, “science and the laws of nature are gifts from God to help us discover his beautiful world and offer him gratitude and praise.”

* * *

I’d like to report that Larry then fell on his knees in the restaurant and converted to Christianity. Not so. But to his credit he said he’d consider my proposal of the both-and nature of God and science.

So my closing question is this: Which would you rather have: science only or science and God?

Next post: I return to the main question of whether believers in God must “prove” his existence.


*See chapter 12, “Elephant Traps,” in my Faith is Like Skydivingfor a fuller treatment of the relation of science to faith.

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  1. Rick, I’m enjoying your web site. The other day while playing golf I asked you for an “apologetics for dummies” book. You mentioned Greg Boyd’s book and one other which I have forgot. Was it Tim Keller’s The Reason for God ?

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      Hi Greg, glad you’re enjoying the site! Yes, Greg’s book is a great giveaway to seekers and also serves as an intro to apologetics. Another book is Who Made God?: And Answers to Over 100 Other Tough Questions of Faith. It’s not simplistiic but it gives short summaries of many apologetic issues. Thirdly, if I may dare offer my own contribution: Faith Is like Skydiving: And Other Memorable Images for Dialogue with Seekers and Skeptics. What I try to do in that book is to offer concrete images and illustrations for apologetic conversations.

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