Origins of Scientific Method | John Ankerberg Show

Origins of Scientific Method

By: The John Ankerberg Show
By: Jim Virkler; ©2007

Most people do not know that Christianity played a major role in the development of modern science and in establishing respect for the “scientific method” which propelled the advances of science since mid-renaissance times. A list of well-known scientists of that era includes many devout Christians who were not ashamed to express their faith.

These early scientists perceived the rules governing the realm in which we live — its matter, forces, energy, processes, and life forms — as constant and harmonious. They observed the apparent order and beauty of the visible universe through systematic visual observations and through their instruments ranging from telescope to microscope. Their study of earth’s myriad life forms revealed incredible beauty and interdependence. Judeo-Christian scripture in dozens of passages pointed to the distinctives of the universe, the earth, its life, and humanity. No other holy book remotely approaches this level of accuracy. Scientists of faith were propelled forward in their pursuits by the statements of scripture.

Genesis 1 reads like a primer in scientific method from its opening statement clearly identifying the frame of reference and initial earth conditions to the orderly description of a chronological sequence of events, final conditions, and conclusions. Other passages in the New Testament encourage us to test and study, certainly a hallmark of scientific method. Thomas Torrance, Scottish theologian, has written how Reformed theology, at about the time of the Protestant Reformation, played a vital role in helping early scientists develop some of the tenets of scientific method which laid the groundwork for advances in scientific knowledge. In the last few centuries and, in particular, in the last few decades, this knowledge has revolutionized our lives. Let’s give thanks to God that He has permitted humanity to discover and apply HIS laws.

The John Ankerberg Show

The John Ankerberg Show

Founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America.
The John Ankerberg Show
The John Ankerberg Show

Latest posts by The John Ankerberg Show (see all)

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)

Please note we are not able to get to every comment due to the number we receive. To speak with someone directly please use the form here.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Subscribe & Get Offer

You have been added to our list!.

sorry something went wrong!.

Need Prayer?

Submit a prayer request or pray for submitted prayers on our prayer wall

Check Show Times In My Area

Get access to the show

Anywhere you go

The John Ankerberg Show is available on the App Store The John Ankerberg Show is available on Android
The John Ankerberg Show is available on iPad and iPhone

Stay Connected With Us

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x