God no more competes with science as an explanation of the universe than Henry Ford competes with the law of internal combustion as an explanation of the motor car.
For me, as a Christian believer, the beauty of the scientific laws reinforces my faith in an intelligent, divine Creator. The more I understand science the more I believe in God, because of my wonder at the breadth, sophistication, and integrity of his creation.
Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford
God is not an alternative to science as an explanation, he is not to be understood merely as a God of the gaps, he is the ground of all explanation: it is his existence which gives rise to the very possibility of explanation, scientific or otherwise. It is important to stress this because influential authors such as Richard Dawkins will insist on conceiving of God as an explanatory alternative to science – an idea that is nowhere to be found in theological reflection of any depth. Dawkins is therefore tilting at a windmill [attacking imaginary enemies] – dismissing a concept of God that no serious thinker believes in anyway. Such activity is not necessarily to be regarded as a mark of intellectual sophistication.
The interesting thing about those who espouse various kinds of relativism: they all seem to end up by saying, essentially, that truth, perception, etc. are relative, except of course the truth they are passionately trying to get us to perceive. That is, they fail to apply their own relativism to themselves.
God and Stephen Hawking
Richard Dawkins expresses the opinion that all religion needs to be eliminated, even moderate religion, because moderate religion leads to fanatical religion. Well if he believes that, then he should stop teaching even mild atheist because that could lead to fanatical atheism. In fact, I might suggest he might want to stop teaching Darwinism because it was used by social Darwinists to lead to the eugenics program in the 20th century. He might not even want to teach physics because it leads to the atomic bomb. –John Lennox
The goal of science is not to impose on the matter and workings of the universe or human sense of order, but to discover the universe’s own intrinsic order and intelligibility. And that means that scientists have always had to believe, before they start, that the universe has an inherent order. If it didn’t, scientific research would be pointless. “Men became scientific” says C. S. Lewis, “because they expected law in nature, and they expected law in nature because they believed in the Law Giver.”