Douglas Groothuis, in his excellent book Christian Apologetics, spends quite a bit of time discussing Christianity and science. I found many of his discussions helpful and refreshing. Here’s one section where Groothuis gives ten ways “in which Christian belief creates a hospitable environment for scientific inquiry.” These ten ways, Groothuis noted, are found in more detail in Ken Samples book, Without a Doubt (another book Andrew and I highly recommend).
1) The physical universe is an objective reality, which is ontologically distinct from the Creator (Gen. 1:1, John 1:1).
2) The laws of nature exhibit order, patter and regularity, since they are established by an orderly God (Ps. 19:1-4).
3) The laws of nature are uniform throughout the physical universe, since God created and providentially sustains them.
4) The physical universe is intelligible because God created us to know himself, ourselves, and the rest of creation (Gen. 1-2, Prov. 8).
5) The world is good, valuable, and worthy of careful study because it was created for a purpose by a perfectly good God (Gen. 1). Humans…were created to discern, discover, and develop the goodness of creation….
6) Because the world is not divine and therefore not a proper object of worship, it can be an object of rational study and empirical observation.
7) Human beings possess the ability to discover the universe’s intelligibility, since we are made in God’s image and have been placed on earth to develop its intrinsic possibilities.
8) Because God did not reveal everything about nature, empirical investigation is necessary to discern the patterns God laid down in creation.
9) God encourages, even propels, science through his imperative to humans to take dominion over nature (Gen. 1:28).
10) The intellectual virtues essential to carrying out the scientific enterprise (studiousness, honesty, integrity, humility, and courage) are part of God’s moral law (Ex. 20:1-17).
“While Christianity and science have had their scuffles, there is nothing inherent in the Christian worldview that is inimical to science rightly understood.”