Faith and Science

The 18th century French mathematician and astronomer Pierre-Simon Laplace is said to have met with Napoleon. Napoleon remarked to him – ‘Monsieur Laplace, they tell me you have written this large book on the system of the universe, and have never even mentioned its Creator.’ Laplace, drew himself up and simply answered, I have no need of that hypothesis.’

It is sometimes argued that science explains everything and does away with the need to believe in God. But the reality is that science does not claim to explain everything – it tries to explain how the universe works but not why there is a universe or what the meaning of it is.

Alister McGrath was a post-doctoral scientist before switching to become a major theologian and expert in the history of Christian thought. In this short video extract, he maintains that there is something deeper going on in this universe than physical, chemical and biological interactions.



Francis Collins is a top American scientist and was the leader of the human genome project.  He is also a committed Christian and believes that faith in God is compatible with the theory of evolution and modern scientific research. In this clip he talks about his faith as a scientist.




His website explores issues of faith and science: