There is a lot of talk today about the difference between science and religion, about the gulf between the Christian and the scientist, the chasm that separates faith from fact. There is a tone to the rhetoric that suggests that these two areas are not only incompatible, but that the Christian’s ability to view the world is inherently limited, and is therefore operating at a distinct disadvantage.
The heart of the idea that is being sold is that the scientist deals with the real world, with atoms and energy, with metals and chemicals, with universal laws and cold hard facts, while the Christian is left in the fanciful world of magic and fairies, of gods and miracles, of spiritual and invisible things that are only knowable through that slippery thing called faith. This idea supposes that the theologian who is studying the nature of grace is doing something fundamentally different than the astronomer who is studying the nature of the heavens.
The problem with this is that it is a lie.
The Christian is not barred from the world of the scientist, but quite the other way around. It is scientists (and here I am speaking of scientists who deny faith as an aspect of science) that are limited in the aspects of the world they can understand and address.
The Christian position is that the revealed Word of God is the basis for all that we know about the world and about God. It is because of this, that we take every thought captive and we bring it back to the Word to show us whether it is good or evil. Science is no different. It is not in a category all its own. It does not get a pass on this, but is instead subordinate to the Word of God in very way.
To suppose that a man who is trying to understand the nature of grace is doing something fundamentally different than a man who is trying to understand the natures of the heavens is absurd, for God is the central figure behind both of these pursuits and to remove him from either is to render not just grace but also the heavens, meaningless. For God is either the God of all or He is the God of nothing and His Word is either the basis for all revealed truth or it is the basis for nothing. It is because of this that we must declare both the supremacy and the excellence of God and his Word. To do anything else is to believe in another god altogether.