As a scientist/engineer/researcher I am implicitly trusting in the grace of God. I am in the business of uncovering the unknown and creating the uncreated. Others push ahead with me as if such discovery and creation is only good, or at least for the best. Without a trust in God, this strikes me as a foolish undertaking. If we don’t have any expectation that we will uncover good things that God has provided for his creation, then what the heck are we doing? We may uncover the microbe that destroys the world, the technology that subjugates freedom, the chemical that catalyzes everything to a gray goo. Pushing forward only makes sense if you believe that uncovering the world is uncovering a good God’s creation.
There is ample reason why people may not believe this. We have uncovered nuclear technology. We have created gypsy moths. This then seems like evidence to stop the work of science. However, with faith in a God that is leading us forward, we can continue to illuminate what he has given us without fear. This may mean new dangers and new terrors, but it may also mean new blessings and new grace.