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This might surprise you: most of the battles happening today are not between science and the Bible—they’re between science and science!

Or, perhaps more accurately, the conflict is between various philosophies of science. Specifically, there is a war raging between those who try to hold science hostage to naturalistic causes only (as opposed to considering supernatural causes) and those who want to stay open to any and all causes indicated by the evidence (including the supernatural). All too often, the first group tries to write God out of the equation even before considering the facts.

And unfortunately, this group currently has the most influence at many of our colleges and universities. This can lead to the unwarranted conclusion that science has somehow disproven the existence of a divine being, or that thinking people simply can’t take spiritual beliefs seriously. In reality, the scientific evidence for God is getting stronger and stronger, and increasing numbers of science professionals are acknowledging their belief in him.

Dr. Stephen Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, is one of them. He lays out this important challenge to his colleagues: “Let’s have a new period in the history of science where we actually foster the unfettered seeking of truth. Scientists should be allowed to follow the evidence wherever it leads.”

It sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s quite uncommon. In many schools and scientific societies, the unwritten rules say that scientists must stop following the evidence as soon as it starts pointing toward the supernatural.

We don’t need to play by those self-imposed limitations. The Bible tells us to “love truth” (Zech. 8:19)—which must include truth that points toward natural as well as supernatural causes. And, interestingly, the data of science have an uncanny knack for painting the same picture as the verses of the Bible.

People . . . suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.

Romans 1:18–19

Copyright © 2014 by Lee Strobel.