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Science, Religion and the Bible

Hi there, if you're aged between 2 and 11, this space is for you to explore your big questions about science and religious faith.

Use the menu on the left to choose your age range, then click on a question below to read some thoughts about how Christians approach the Bible, its purposes, and ideas about truth in science and religion. You can also click on ‘Scientists’ to meet some scientists of faith who study this topic!

If you are older than 11 you can explore these same questions on our teens website, here

  • What is the Bible?
  • If the Bible is true, what does that mean for science?
  • Who is God? What does God look like?
  • Can you be a scientist and believe in miracles?
  • If God made everything, who made God?
  • Why do we bother thinking about where everything comes from?
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  • What is the Bible?

    The Bible is the holy book that Christians read. It was written by lots of different people. It is full of songs, poems, stories and tales from real life that Christians believe tell us the truth about who God is and what he has done.

  • If the Bible is true, what does that mean for science?

    The Bible is the holy book that Christians read. It is a book full of songs, poems, stories and tales from real life. Christians believe the Bible teaches the truth about God, saying that he wants to be our very best friend, and that he made the whole world.

    Science is a way of finding out more about the world, like how things work and where they came from. So, many Christians who believe that the Bible is true, and that God made everything, think that science is a really exciting way of learning more about how God did that.

  • Who is God? What does God look like?

    The Bible (the holy book that Christians read) makes lots of claims about what God has done, and what he is like, but not much about what God looks like! Christians believe that God is kind, loving, very strong, and that he made everything. But the Bible also says that no one has ever seen God, except when he came to earth as a human, Jesus. That doesn’t mean that Christians believe God has always looked like a human, just that this was the best way for him to help people get to know him well. After all, most of your best friends are probably human, right?

    For now, Christians believe that what God looks like is still pretty mysterious. It might even be too amazing to imagine, but it’s fun to try! What do you think he might look like?!

  • Can you be a scientist and believe in miracles?

    Have you noticed that there are lots of things in the world that always seem to work the same way? - Rain falls down not up, the sun rises for daytime and sets at night, and you can stand on the ground but not on water! Scientists study the way these things normally happen, and the natural processes behind them. Christians believe that God is creator of the whole world, and many agree that these natural processes are part of how he has made the world, and continues to shape and support it.

    But the Bible (the holy book that Christians read) says that sometimes God chooses to do things that are different from these natural processes, or speed them up.  These surprising, unexpected, very special events are often called ‘miracles’. Using science to learn about what normally happens doesn’t mean that you can’t believe that these miracles happen too. Lots of scientists believe in miracles!

  • If God made everything, who made God?

    Christians believe that God wasn’t made by anyone. The Bible (the holy book that Christians read) says that God has always existed, that he is the one who started everything and is still making things today. So that means that God is very special because he’s so big, and clever, and different that he didn’t need to be made, he just is.

    It can be hard to imagine a God who is so different to us, but Christians think there are lots of ways to explore what God is like.  For example, many Christians think that science is a special gift from God to help us understand a bit about how he works and what he has done.

  • Why do we bother thinking about where everything comes from? Why does it matter?

    People love to ask questions. We love mysteries and we love finding out answers to our big questions!

    Some of our biggest questions are about ourselves and the choices we make - who we are, whether we should eat the last cookie, what we want to be when we grow up and how we can make our hopes and dreams come true.

    To think about these sorts of questions we need to think at least a little bit about where we have come from. That might mean exploring small questions like how much we’ve grown over the last year, or really big things like who the first human was and how the universe started.

    Thinking about where everything comes from is an important part of learning more about ourselves!

  • Jennifer Wiseman

    Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an astrophysicist and a Christian. 

    Johannes Kepler

    Johannes Kepler lived from 1571 to 1630 he was an astronomer, mathematician and a Christian.

    Althea Wilkinson

    Dr Althea Wilkinson is an astronomer and a Christian.

    Andrew Davison

    The Revd Dr Andrew Davison is a theologian, scientist and Christian. 

    April Maskiewicz Cordero

    Dr April Maskiewicz Cordero is an evolutionary biologist and a Christian.

    Bob White

    Professor Bob White is a geophysicist and a Christian.

    Francis Collins

    Dr Francis Collins is a geneticist and a Christian.

    David Wilkinson

    Revd Professor David Wilkinson is an astrophysicist, theologian and a Christian. 

    Deb Haarsma

    Dr Deborah Haarsma is an astronomer and a Christian.

    Ernest Lucas

    Revd Dr Ernest Lucas is a theologian and a Christian.

    Gillian Straine

    Revd Dr Gillian Straine is a physicist, theologian and a Christian.

    John Bryant

    Professor John Bryant is a geneticist, bioethicist and a Christian.

    Jonathan Moo

    Dr Jonathan Moo is an ecologist, theologian and a Christian. 

    Roger Abbott

    Revd Dr Roger Abbott is a theologian a scientific researcher and a Christian.

    Simon Conway Morris

    Professor Simon Conway Morris is a palaeontologist, evolutionary biologist, and Christian. 

    John Polkinghorne

    Revd Dr John Polkinghorne is a theoretical physicist, theologian, and a Christian. 

  • More Questions?

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    Take a look at some of our other topics, activities and resources to see what else you can discover. 

    Or why not get in touch and we'll do our best to help you out as you explore these exciting questions!

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