… continued A Reduced Anthropocentrism During the aeons before our emergence on Earth hundreds of millions (if not billions) of species have come and gone, the predecessors of the perhaps as many as 15 million species still extant – and rapidly being extinguised by human action. Theists, who believe that the ultimate ground of all… Read More Paths from Science towards God 6: A World in Process 2
Science provides us with a compelling history of life on Earth as well as its origins, by piecing together clues from paleontology, genetics, and other biological sciences, and glueing them all together through Darwin’s theory of natural selection. On the other hand, modern physics and cosmology take us on a 13.7 billion year journey into… Read More Paths from Science towards God 5: A World in Process 1
continued… A Multi-layered, yet interconnected World We live in a world imbued with multi-layered realities. What science has shown us is that everything we see, is made up of constituent parts – our human body is made up of individual cells; these cells are made up of complex molecules, which in turn are made up… Read More Paths from Science Towards God 4: Snapshots of the World 2
After looking at the challenges faced by theology in the face of science and postmodernism, and proposing a new way of doing theology in this scientific age, Arthur Peacocke now turns to surveying the world as it is. What do we know about this universe of ours? What kind of theological questions does our knowledge… Read More Paths from Science Towards God 3: Snapshots of the World 1
Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete; and that there are no new worlds to conquer. ~ Sir Humphry Davy To the natural philosopher there is no natural object unimportant… Read More The Romantic ‘Scientists’ Speak on Natural Philosophy…
What we have categorized in modern times into ‘science’ and ‘religion’ were not really separable up until the early 19th century. These were all generally referred to as ‘philosophy’. The ‘philosophers’ would be involved in the pursuit of answers about existence and the natural world around us. In fact, theology was considered to be the… Read More Whereto Science?
Continuing on with the theme of creation in Christian worship, I was delighted when our church minister introduced this song to the congregation a couple of months back. We’ve sung it a few times since. It’s lyrics are by George Stuart of Toronto Uniting Church, and is sung to the tune of Lauda/Anima/Praise My Soul,… Read More The Universe in God