There are many in the area I live in who believe that the more educated you are the less likely that you would be able to have faith in God. My husband was excited to finally have a staff position as an Associate Pastor for a small church. I was in graduate school at the time working on a Master’s in Chemistry. The pastor and his wife were unable to accept me as a believer because of my education. I never got the chance to tell them that it was my education that heightened my faith.
In February 2009, Chemical and Engineering News cited a recent study:
Now, researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Chicago provide some insight as to why. According to “Science and God: An automatic opposition between ultimate explanations,” published in the January edition of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2008.07.013), a person’s unconscious attitudes toward God and science are fundamentally opposed because they offer competing and logically incompatible explanations for the same phenomena.
The more I studied Chemistry, the more I became convinced that none of this could be an accident. The complexities of electrons in their various energy states within a molecule is mind boggling and in no way a happenstance. It is incomprehensible to attribute our very exsistence to a Big Bang. The highly complex equilibrium that is our planet could only have come about by a creator.
I am not alone in a greater faith because of a scientific education. Many of the great men of science that created the foundations modern scientists now take for granted were men of faith. It is sad to see Higher Education turn its back on God, and in the process lead whole generations astray.
“The deeper one penetrates into nature’s secrets, the greater one’s respect for God becomes.”
Sir Isaac Newton
“Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”
“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. Science brings men nearer to God.”