Thought for the week: Science and religion

Our thought for the week from academy chaplain Mr McKibbin is on the topic of science and religion.

Bible reading:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:1-2)

During Mission week we had a speaker Sharon Dirckx from the Zacharias Trust who talked to our students about how science and religion interact with each other. What struck me most during her presentation and the Q&A after was the idea a lot of people have that science and religion are incompatible, or worse, at odds with each other. Sharon however suggested that they are rather answering different questions; science deals with ‘how’ questions and religion deals with ‘why’ questions. She told our students that many scientists throughout history had faith and in fact turned to science to look for patterns and laws in the natural world and they expected there to be patterns and laws because they believed there to be a ‘law-giver’ and ‘pattern-maker’. Take the Big Bang theory for example; before this theory the Universe was thought to have no beginning and be infinitely expanding and contracting, but the Big Bang theory changed that because it suggested at one point the Universe ‘was not’, then ‘it began’ and if you look at the beginning of the Bible in the poetic prose of Genesis we are told, “In the beginning God created…”.


Thank you for science and the questions it has answered and mysteries it has uncovered. We are truly grateful for the hard work and genius of many scientists over time which has resulted in us living a much better and healthier life. May we continue to learn more about this amazing creation and as we learn may our love and respect for it grow. Amen.

National Church of England Academy