"The creation shows forth [God’s] wisdom and power; notwithstanding its inherent ambiguities, it bears witness to God’s steadfast love and care. The majesty of God, reflected in the creation, is a reason for worshiping and thanksgiving, for trusting and obeying God,” wrote William Lazareth in Confessing the One Faith. As a scientist, I heartily agree. For me, science is a powerful tool that enables us to explore God’s creation, helping us come to know and understand a little more about the One who formed atoms, time, energy, and space—out of nothing.
Scientists and observers alike are perpetually amazed by the intricacy and complexity of our cosmos and the life it supports. All of its minute and complex details fit together impeccably in a perfectly balanced, synergistic system. As we study the complexity of the cosmos—from the tiniest atom to the frontiers of the universe—we quickly realize that chance simply cannot explain the incredible order and elegance of the universe. As the author of Romans says, “Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature” (Romans 1:20). The more we learn about our universe, the more we discover evidence pointing us toward the Creator who put it all together.
Consider our home planet. Earth is right in the sweet spot of our solar system: the Goldilocks Zone. It’s not too hot, and it’s not too cold. Tilted perfectly at 23.5 degrees, Earth spins on its axis once every 24 hours while revolving around the sun at about 67,000 miles an hour. As a physical scientist, what’s known as the teleological or fine-tuning argument for the existence of God especially intrigues me. It fascinates many others, too, as it’s perhaps the most common argument for God’s existence in today’s technology-fixated society.1