The God Participle

I’ve tried as hard as I possibly can to make peace with Christians, but they refuse to budge. With them, it’s faith or science. Pick one, because you can’t believe in both. Everything from creation to climate change falls to one side or the other. I can’t count the number of Christians I’ve come across that say – without apology or equivocation – that they don’t believe in science.

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There are the laws of man, and then there are the laws of God. The laws of science are the laws of man. That’s not what I believe. That’s what Christians keep repeating to me like they were praying the Rosary or something. I may not be smart enough to bridge the chasm between faith and science, but I think these guys are more than qualified:

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” – Galileo Galilei

“I want to know God’s thoughts; the rest are details.” – Albert Einstein

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” – Blaise Pascal

“God created everything by number, weight and measure.” – Sir Isaac Newton

“All human discoveries seem to be made only for the purpose of confirming more strongly the truths, come from on high, and contained in the sacred writings.” – William Herschel

“God has to mean more to you than just where science has yet to tread.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

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3 thoughts on “The God Participle

  1. Thank you so much for liking my blog! It is such a boost to morale! Science and God is quite a fascinating topic. It’s what started me on this journey. Unfortunately, I could not make them meet. But perhaps one day…

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  2. A new blog? The more the merrier.

    Are Christianity and science in conflict? Interesting subject. I have given the matter some thought, and I agree with most of the gentlemen you quoted. Here is one post I have written on that subject.
    http://citizentom.com/2010/10/10/does-the-bible-provide-the-foundation-of-science/

    The problem is that there are people who insist upon believing things they cannot substantiate.

    Because God is bigger than our minds can handle, we have no way to “scientifically prove” He exists. Except in the most general way, we don’t have the capacity to define God.

    Science only answers questions of cause and effect. We gather data. We then postulate a cause and effect model that fits the data. Then we run experiments to test our model. However, because we are severely limited, we often have no way to test our models. How could we test the Big Bang or the Theory of Evolution? We can gather more data, but we have no way to run reproducible experiments that demonstrate cause and effect, and that is what the Scientific Method requires. Hence our theories outrun our ability to prove them. Thus, some people make up the deficit believing in science. Believing in science makes a religion out of science.

    Similarly, people take what they read in the Bible, and they overreach. Does the Bible say the earth is the center of the universe. No. Does the Bible say when or how God created everything? No. The Bible speaks of creation in just a couple of chapters. Those chapters gave moral lessons to people who had little knowledge of science. So even if the Theory of Evolution is true, what would have been the point of putting it in the Bible? What reason would Moses have had to write about it? Moses knew nothing about the Theory of Evolution, and He wrote to people who would not have understood him even if he did.

    What does the Bible provide science? The Bible provides a basis for believing in an orderly universe, that the Creator is not the author of confusion. In other words, it makes sense to look for predicable relationships between cause and effect.

    What does science provide Christians? When we investigate our Lord’s creation, that is an act of worship. Just as what a man creates reveals his character what God has created tells us something about Him. Further, God created us to do good works (Ephesians 2:10), and a knowledge of science helps us to do good works.

    In other words, as your quotes suggest, the Bible and science compliment each other.

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