My preschool daughter absolutely treasures her tiny white and silver Bible. She’s constantly pretending to read it—and I’m so deeply, deeply glad. We’ve given each of our kids their own copy of this life-changing book because it will introduce them to God himself.
But there’s also a second book—one that’s a lot bigger than my preschooler’s mini Bible—that I want to do all I can to “give” to my kids.
Scripture is clear that this universe, from tiny quarks to star-birthing nebulas, was created by God, belongs to God, is sustained by God, declares God’s glory, and reveals God’s character. That’s why Christians in the Middle Ages began using the idea of God’s “two books” to understand how God makes himself known to us.
The first and primary book is Scripture, God’s special revelation of himself to humankind. But the second is “the book of nature”—this material world replete with beauty and primed for discovery. “Creation is God’s greatest and most persistent evangelist,” writes scientist Calvin B. DeWitt of God’s general revelation. We can look at “everything God made” and “can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature” (Romans 1:20).
From biology and chemistry to physics and astronomy, science is a means through which humankind can examine this second book of God’s. Contrary to the contemporary idea that faith and science are inherently at odds, some of the greatest thinkers in scientific history were people of faith. This integration between faith and science continues today with many Christian men and women making important contributions to their fields of study. In fact, 2 million American scientists self-identify as evangelical Christians.