To minds tormented by the divine thirst,
it is useless to offer the most certain knowledge
of the laws of numbers and the arrangement
of the universe.
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.”