This is a report from the recent Science & Faith: Friend or Foes? Conference held at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Dr. Vern Poythress, an apologetical presuppositionalist, opened the conference with an address on A Biblical View of Science and Nature. His basic theme was that the characteristics of the universe we inhabit "just happen" to correspond with the characteristics of God, its Creator.
* The universe is law-based. Laws are pervasive - it is the regularity of law that permitted, e.g., the astronauts to land on the moon and safely return. Regularity extends from the outer reaches of the cosmos to the microscopic cell.
* Regularity, from Latin regula, rule - ordered according to law, principle or type
Scientific laws have the following characteristics.
* all-places (omnipresent)
* unchanging (immutable)
* all-times (cf. "eternal")
Coincidence (?) that the attributes of law correspond to the nature of God
The universe was spoken into being -- God's speech is the real law, and scientists investigate the proximation. Law is also
* omnipotent (i.e., has teeth, e.g., law of gravity)
Scientists merely investigate the regularities -- they cannot create or change them.
Are scientific laws the product of a personal God who speaks, or, are we in the midst of an impersonal mechanism that can grind us to pieces?
Law, in ordinary terms, implies a law-giver.
Scientists have to believe in the rationality of scientific laws, yet, only persons are capable of reason and rationality.
Laws are language-like -- they are expressed as vocabulary.
According to Romans 1:19-20 (a favorite verse of apologetical presuppositionalists like Dr. Poythress), it is not that there is not enough evidence from the cosmos to believe in God, a rational Agent must be presupposed to have confidence in the rational composition of the universe; therefore, in refusing to acknowledge God, according to Romans 1:19-20, "it is not that there isn't enough evidence, it is not a matter of being religiously neutral, it is a matter of being idolatrous".
Dr. Poythress is the author of Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach.