Younger stars, shown in blue, cluster together in the center of the Tarantula Nebula. The rust-colored gas, dense with hydrocarbons, will support the formation of new stars.
IMAGE: NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team

hat Science Says about Nature

Today, science refers to many disciplines, ranging from astronomy to zoology. These vary in practice, but each seeks to explain how the natural world works using methods developed over centuries.

Science is exciting because it is ongoing. There is much to discover, and new discoveries always lead to new questions. Explanations are refined, established, and in some cases, abandoned.

 People studied nature long before the Bible was written, and many factors helped shape the development of modern science. Biblical traditions also played a role in nurturing scientific knowledge by encouraging further investigation. Yet, how the Bible’s claims should be understood and how they should inform the study of nature have also prompted debate.

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This exhibition explores the Bible’s role in the historical relationship between science and religion. Many today believe that religious faith and the natural sciences are very separate subjects. Indeed, many consider the Bible to be an obstacle to scientific progress. Yet, for centuries, faith and the study of nature were very much entangled. At times, biblical beliefs helped encourage people to study the world. They even influenced the rise of science as we know it today.