A former NASA astronaut believes the study of nature and science are intertwined with Scripture.
Jeff Williams was speaking at the opening of a new exhibit at the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.
Scripture and Science: Our Universe, Ourselves, Our Place examines the Bible’s role in the relationship between science and Christianity.
The retired Colonel is a committed Christian who spent 534 days in space over four separate missions.
He said the new exhibit reaffirmed his belief that science goes hand-in-hand with Christianity, each complementing the other.
“Science does not contradict Christianity. There is no contradiction. The contradiction comes into your philosophy going into your science,” he explained.
“Your philosophy acknowledges a God that has either revealed Himself specifically in the scriptures of the Bible, or your philosophy discounts or doesn’t allow a God. Then, you have to explain the existence of everything by chance over time.”
He noted that many famous scientists like Newton, Kepler and Faraday were believers and theologians first.
The astronaut believes the exhibit will certainly help people re-examine questions that they have in life.
Colonel Williams has already answered many of those questions in his book The Work of His Hands: A View Of God’s Creation From Space.
He says it reflects the “vivid lessons about the meticulous goodness of divine providence, God’s care for His creation, and His wisdom in ordering the universe.”
The exhibit will be open all year.