‘Science’ means humans investigating the structure of the universe that God has made. Discoveries come through good ideas, creative ingenuity and inspired persistence as scientists build theories from evidence, aided by convictions, hunches and guesswork.

At Church Scientific, we believe that knowing and worshipping the Creator, Redeemer and Lord of creation can be good news for science.  Just as pioneers in the 17th-century Scientific Revolution were inspired and guided by their Christian worldviews, we envision Christian thinking helping drive progress today.  We bring this vision to life by helping students and practising scientists to develop their toolkit for scientific work.

We believe that God wants good science.  And we’re convinced that a Christian philosophical approach can open doors to better understanding and progress in all areas of the sciences.

What does this look like?  Here are a few key ideas…

No neutrality

Every scientist works from basic beliefs about how the world is structured.  There’s no ‘view from nowhere’: no neutral vantage point giving a perfectly objective perspective.  Rather, the most productive views are likely to be those that are best shaped by the way God has actually established the created order.  A biblical worldview should be a promising starting point.

No need for naturalism

Some Christians claim that scientific methodology should be used as if God didn’t exist, because science has to ignore the ‘supernatural’.  But rediscovering a rich Christian worldview for scientific work avoids this problem altogether.  Different kinds of science simply investigate different aspects of the many ways in which God upholds the creation by His word of power.

Not just natural sciences

Our culture has been deeply impressed by the physical aspect of the universe and the successes of physics.  Some reductionist worldviews portray everything as really physical (and Christian versions add in ‘or spiritual’) – leading to biology, psychology, sociology, economics, aesthetics, morality and so on being seen as complicated versions of physics and chemistry. By contrast, we see all kinds of sciences offering legitimate explanations and insights into the many-layered structure of reality. No discipline has the last word on nature!