Another thread asked the question “Where is God in Nature?”. This article is related to that question. It describes not only how the Bible describes God’s use of natural laws to order the universe and bring to pass His will, but also how this fundamental principle was introduced by Christians into the Western scientific tradition, and was used as the basis of successful science.
Understanding how Scripture describes God acting through natural laws and complex systems which He has ordained, helps us understand how God can be both visible (at the macro level), and invisible (at the micro level), in nature. This is obviously relevant to the question of how God is revealed in evolution.
An orderly universe operating according to divinely established laws, is a constant theme throughout Judaeo-Christian cosmological commentary. A well-ordered cosmos, with multiple natural cycles operating independently of God’s direct intervention, was introduced in the Hebrew Scriptures and inherited by early Christians, who used it as the basis of their approach to study of the natural world. The scientific value of this paradigm became apparent during the medieval era, during which time it stimulated and guided discovery of natural laws, and was used to suppress superstition and eradicate false views of the cosmos. This work laid the foundations of the modern scientific method.