"Science does not contradict Christianity," says devout Christian and former NASA astronaut, Jeff Williams, during a visit to a new science exhibit at the Museum of the Bible.
The exhibit titled Scripture and Science: Our Universe, Ourselves, Our Place opened on January 19, 2023, in Washington, D.C. at the Museum of the Bible. Retired NASA astronaut, Jeff Williams visited the exhibit and shared his thoughts on Christianity and science.
"There is no contradiction," says Williams in an interview. "The contradiction comes into your philosophy going into your science. And 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."
Williams has travelled to space on four occasions, spending a total of 534 outside of the earth's atmosphere.
"Many of the scientists in the age of science — who we all read about in our textbooks about the laws of physics and chemistry — were believers first. They were theologians first. People like Kepler and Newton and Faraday and Maxwell, and many others. They were driven by their faith and their understanding of their calling before God to fulfill that calling."
On top of going to space, Williams has been part of a scientific team researching things relating to astronomical studies for 26 years.
"I think this exhibit will certainly help people reexamine questions that they have in life if they think that there's a conflict between science and the Bible."
While at the museum, Williams delivered a presentation helping connect the dots between faith and science that Christians sometimes have trouble putting together.
"Because of the public perception that science and the Bible were in conflict, I dedicated a lot of studying in those early years so that I could be equipped to answer these kinds of questions going into my career as an astronaut. Because I know this topic comes up all the time."
Before Williams was chosen as an astronaut in 1996 he was a retired U.S. Army colonel. He also came into the program with a mature faith, having studied many components of both the Bible and science.
"I want to talk about how the Bible supports and informs science with the elements of the mathematical order of God's Creation, our calling as humans, bearing the image of God, and how God has equipped us to explore and extract that order and utilize it for the glory of God and the good of mankind," says Williams in his presentation.