Thank God for science

There is a perceived tension between religion and science. Whilst a number of scientists eschew any sort of religious belief, others remain agnostic and some profess a faith, Christian or otherwise. The first group and maybe some in the second would disagree with me, but I don’t see faith and science as opposites. Rather I see God at work in the science.

Yesterday the UK government announced that trial results of the drug dexamethasone had shown a reduction in Covid-19 deaths by around a third among the most severely ill admitted to hospital. As Christians and people of other faiths pray for the coronavirus to be stemmed and for treatments and vaccines to be found, this is something for which we give thanks to God. As science has made advances, there has always been those who thanked God for these developments. One example is Ronald Ross, who wrote the following on the day he proved the connection between malaria and the mosquito:

This day relenting God
Hath placed within my hand
A wondrous thing; and God
Be praised. At his command

Seeking his secret deeds
With tears and toiling breath,
I find thy cunning seeds,
O million murdering death.

I know this little thing
A myriad men will save.
O death, where is thy sting?
Thy victory, O grave?

Published by Angie Allport

Methodist minister

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