Science Presupposes God

Perhaps most of the great discoveries of science have been made by those who are not Christians. But such discoveries could not have been made unless the universe is what the Christian says it is, namely, created and controlled by God. There would be no order in nature and no rationality of relationships to be found anywhere in the universe had not God made them. Therefore the possibility of science itself presupposes the truth of the Christian concept of God. When, then, the non-Christian scientist discovers truth, this is not because of, but in spite of, his own theory of being and of knowledge.

– Cornelius Van Til, The Intellectual Challenge of the Gospel p.9

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7 thoughts on “Science Presupposes God

  1. Anon April 10, 2016 / 6:27 am

    Why doesn’t Van Til explain himself?

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    • keesthequokka April 10, 2016 / 7:19 am

      He does elaborate. This is just a paragraph from one of his books. In this quote Van Til is saying that if one denies God, who created and controls all things, then he cannot account for the order in nature and rationality of relationships. Without order and rationality you cannot have science. Of course many people who deny God do use science successfully, but they cannot account for science from their theory of being and knowledge. They are therefore functionally presupposing Christianity.

      To see this argument used in practice I recommend listening to a debate between Greg Bahnsen and Gordon Stein. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anGAazNCfdY

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