God’s Other Book

Many theologians, past and present, have come to recognize Nature as ‘God’s other book’. Just as we can learn about God through the Scriptures, they believe that we can learn about God through His creation as well.

Some people, in order to discover God, read books. But there is a great book: the very appearance of created things. Look above you! Look below you! Read it. God, whom you want to discover, never wrote that book with ink. Instead, He set before your eyes the things He had made. Can you ask for a louder voice than that? ~ Saint Augustine

The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God. ~ St. John of Damascus

God writes the Gospel, not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. ~ Martin Luther

This last quote is rather surprising, coming from a man who insisted on Sola Scriptura (‘Scripture alone’)! But if these theologians were right, that the Author of the Biblical Scriptures and Nature are one and the same, then no contradictions should exist between them.

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