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God: Christians in Science

Does Christianity and science always have to be in conflict?

 

Christians in Science is an international network of those concerned with the relationship between science and the Christian faith. There is a common misperception that there is a conflict between science and faith - in other words, that you can't be a religious person and a scientist. Christians in Science aim to dispel this myth.

The organisation highlights the fact that in reality there are many committed Christians who are also scientists and see their talents and interests as a gift from God. The astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) dedicated one of his papers with a prayer, saying:

"I have here completed the work of my calling, with as much intellectual strength as you have granted me." (Astronomer Johannes Kepler)

The aims of Christians in Science are:

  • To develop and promote biblical Christian views on science
  • To bring biblical, Christian thought on scientific issues into the public arena.
  • To encourage Christians who are engaged in scientific work to maintain an active faith and to apply it in their professional lives.
  • To communicate the Christian gospel within the scientific community.
  • To encourage responsible Christian attitudes and action towards care for the environment.
  • To help Christians who are science students to integrate their religious beliefs and their scientific studies.

To discover more about the work and values of Christians in Science visit https://www.cis.org.uk

Members of CiS have to agree with this statement of faith:
  • I declare my belief in the triune God as creator and sustainer of the universe, and my faith in Jesus as Lord of all and God.
  • I acknowledge the Bible as the Word of God and its final authority in matters of faith and conduct.
  • As a steward of God’s world, I accept my responsibility to encourage the use of science and technology for the good of humanity and the environment.
  Reflect: Do you feel that a Christian can be a scientist? In what areas of science do you think there may be conflicts with the Christian faith?