One compelling answer to that thorny question comes in a new book by Trinity Western University professor Paul Chamberlain. It’s titled Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith (Baker Books).

In a section titled “Christianity’s Surprising Contribution to Science,” Chamberlain tries to answer a question once posed by atheist mathematician-philosopher Bertrand Russell.

“Russell expected that the growth of Chinese science would have far surpassed Western science. What went wrong? It appears he failed to notice what {his colleague, Alfred North} Whitehead saw, that the concept of a conscious Creator, which gave birth to science in the West, was virtually absent from Chinese culture, and that for this reason science didn’t grow as it did in the West.”

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