Professor John Lennox, who once defeated Richard Dawkins in a debate, said:
The very reason science flourished so vigorously in the 16th and 17th centuries was precisely because of the belief that the laws of nature which were then being discovered and defined reflected the influence of a divine law-giver.
One of the fundamental themes of Christianity is that the universe was built according to a rational, intelligent design. Far from being at odds with science, the Christian faith actually makes perfect scientific sense.
Some years ago, the scientist Joseph Needham made an epic study of technological development in China. He wanted to find out why China, for all its early gifts of innovation, had fallen so far behind Europe in the advancement of science.
He reluctantly came to the conclusion that European science had been spurred on by the widespread belief in a rational creative force, known as God, which made all scientific laws comprehensible.
Lennox, J. cited in Sarfati, J. (2010). Hawking atheopathy: Famous physicist goes beyond the evidence. Creation Ministries International. Available http://creation.com/stephen-hawking-god. Last accessed 8th Aug 2015.