From a quick view across much of the media and certainly from watching or listening to Richard Dawkins for example, it would appear that Science and Christianity are in direct conflict and that you have to believe in one or the other. Is this true?
When scientists look at the universe and how it was made, the evidence not only appears to point to a beginning of the cosmos but also to a very sophisticated set of conditions that have been ‘set’ to allow life to exist. As two examples, if the gravitational force were altered by 1 part in 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 then the sun would not exist and the moon would either have crashed into the earth or escaped into space. Also, on the earth the atmosphere is 21% oxygen. If it were 25% or more, fires would break out spontaneously, and if it were 15% or less, we would suffocate.
Steven Hawking described how the value of many fundamental numbers in nature’s laws ‘seem to have been finely adjusted to make possible the development of life’ and how ‘the initial configuration of the universe’ appears to have been ‘very carefully chose’.
Albert Einstein wrote: ‘the harmony of the natural law… reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection’
Overall this is a huge subject (no pun intended!) and for more detail try the Christians in Science website www.cis.org.uk