Jerry Johnston Interviews Sir Colin John Humphreys on the Compatibility of Faith and Science05 September 2016
“You can’t believe science and the Bible.” I’m quite sure you have heard the argument time and again. But is it true? Are the two in opposition? Knighted for his contributions in science and made a fellow in the Royal Academy of Engineering, Professor Sir Colin John Humphreys has no problem believing both the Bible and science. Sir Colin John Humphreys is Professor and Director of Research at Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge. In fact, Sir Colin has devoted his life to science and to studying the historicity of the Bible! Are the arguments true? I asked Sir Colin if there has ever been anything within science that caused him to question his faith. I was not surprised at his answer. He replied,
“There’s nothing. No, I mean, I’ve had to think through evolution and creation situations. There’s nothing at all. I mean, I think the Bible doesn’t reveal modern science. And if you think about it for a moment, it’d be ridiculous if it did. I mean, if the Bible started to talk about electrons, and quarks, and you know, virtual particles – I mean, it would make no sense, especially to the ancient people of Israel for whom it’s written to the early Christians. So the Bible doesn’t reveal modern science. And I think you can have a purely scientific description of the world, which is what Richard Dawkins says – so I agree with him there. But then I would add – it’s like looking through the world with one eye. And you know, you see so much more if you look at the world with two eyes. And so what religion does, it tells you why the world was created, why we are here. And science just does not do this. In fact, science is very negative about it. I mean, according to science, according to Richard Dawkins, we’re here because of blind chance. We’re here – there’s no purpose; there’s no afterlife; there’s no more purpose in our existence. And it’s a bleak message that comes from science alone. But if you combine science, and understand the intra-systems and the wonders of the world that we live in, with faith, a knowledge about why we’re here and why we’re created, then that’s just a powerful message, and a powerful reason for living.”
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