“Without sin there would be no state, and apart from sin there would have been no Christian church, but there would have been science. To that extent, science is on the same level as marriage and family, both of which similarly have undergone significant alterations as a result of sin. But both of these, had sin never occurred, would have retained their independent existence even now, because they existed already in paradise. So just as marriage and family can hardly be said to owe their existence to the state or to the church, similarly science may not be construed as being dependent on either of these. Science, too, arises from creation, and as such has received from the Creator a calling independent of the state and the church.
Abraham Kuyper, Wisdom & Wonder, 35-36.