“Science developed where Christianity spread.”
On April 8th Christians will celebrate the historic event of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Five billion people will not care or, in many cases, even know. Many of the two billion who mark Easter 2012 will question that the physical resurrection happened. It happened. There is far more solid historic evidence that the resurrection of Jesus Christ happened than that Julius Caesar ever lived. (even though his book “De Bello Gallico” and Other Commentaries is in print today.) No single event in history reaches the magnitude of that Friday and Sunday when every person who believes or will believe was saved from death and delivered into eternal life. This is the greatest thing that has or could happen on this earth.
But Jesus coming changed the entire world in many other ways. Dr. Steve Goold, the senior teaching Pastor at New Hope Church in Minnesota, covered several a few months ago. They are profound and exciting. We are examining them in several posts leading up to Holy Week. Here is Dr. Goold with the fourth:
Today in the world with Jesus we have the discipline of science. Let me explain. Even the discipline of science has its roots in Christ. Nuclear physicist Robert Oppenheimer wrote that Christianity is the mother of science due to the emphasis on the rationality of God. The deeper a man or a woman knows God, the deeper they will understand the rationality of a perfect creator. Science didn’t develop in early Judaism although they largely and rightly saw the world—the creation—as a reason to praise God and rightly so. Science most certainly didn’t develop under Islam with the Muslim belief that everything is fatalistically determined. Science didn’t develop under the influence of Hinduism or Buddhism with those religions hopeless fatalistic cyclically endless worldview. These gave no birth to science nor has Daoism or Confucianism or Zoroastrianism or Spiritism. Spiritism of any stripe suppresses and quenches the exploration of the unknown. None of those. The discipline of science flourished most freely out of Christianity. Science developed where Christianity spread. Copernicus wrote, “We astronomers are priests of the High God in regard to the book of nature—the Scripture.” Copernicus said that. Blasé Pascal, inventor of the barometer, tells us what the senses cannot. We can only know God through Jesus. Over 30 branches of science were founded bu Bible believing Christians or in an environment where Christianity flourished and became the dominating influence. Isaac Newton, Blasé Pascal, Pasteur, Lister (sterile surgery came out of Lister’s work) Faraday (electromagnetic) and a multitude of other breakthroughs pioneers whose minds were opened and enlightened as they personally believed and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ or , as I said, became surrounded by a culture profoundly influenced by the teachings and values of Jesus Christ.