Science and Faith in the Life of Michael Faraday


Colin Russell

Michael Faraday is one of the more common names mentioned when it comes to historical figures in Science and Christianity. This article from the Faraday Institute serves as a helpful summary of his life, work, and faith. Notably, it presents both a “divergent model” and a “convergent model” for how Faraday’s faith and work interacted. One of the most important takeaways from Faraday’s life is his view of science as a God-given vocation to which he was to dedicate his life, searching the book of nature for truth that could benefit his fellow human. For those with a scientific vocation, looking at the lives of Christians who have sought to live out a similar vocation in service to God can both be an inspiration and a challenge, recognizing that we can learn from both the positive and negative aspects of their lives.

Which scientists throughout history have done a notable job of aligning their faith and work?

What areas of science do you find most difficult to align with your faith?

Source: The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion

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