Can science provide answers to the ultimate questions of life? How unbiased is the scientific endeavor? Does science have any limits? These and other questions arise from the popular modern acceptance of naturalism, a belief that only natural laws and forces work in the world and that the supernatural does not exist. This timely essay explores science and the naturalistic worldview from a Christian perspective, suggesting ways for Christians to engage with science today.
Kirsten Birkett has worked for the Universities of New South Wales and Sydney as a tutor in philosophy of science and in Christian publishing. Her publications—including Unnatural Enemies: An Introduction to Science and Christianity (Matthias Media, 1997)—address the relationships between science and religion, and she has also written on psychology, feminism, and the family for both a popular and academic audience. She currently teaches pastoral counseling, apologetics, and church history at Oak Hill Theological College in London.