The problem of suffering is undoubtedly one of the greatest conundrums faced by Christian theologians through the ages. Some theologians regard human and animal suffering as a consequence of mankind’s disobedience in the garden of Eden. But does any part of the story of ‘the Fall’ imply that there was no suffering prior to that? Looking… Read More The Lost World of Genesis: 6b – ‘The Fall’ and Suffering
Here’s a good discussion on science and religion aired after the Curiosity episode ‘Did God Create the Universe’ featuring Stephen Hawking. It’s good to hear the ‘not-so-extremes’ having an intelligent discussion, instead of the tendency of mass media to highlight the fundamentalists on both sides of the divide.
What is it about music that transports its listeners to another world? How does it tug at emotions in a way nothing else ever could? Why is it so pervasive, taking root in every human culture, spanning all of history? Reductionist philosophers can rant all they want about music being nothing but sound waves with… Read More The Power of Music
My surest prediction of your future, I tell students, is that your story will be like mine: it will not be what you are now expecting. And that is why the best preparation for the unpredictable future is one that develops your basic knowledge of the world, your skills of critical thinking and effective communication,… Read More The Life of a Christian Scientist
What we scientists are doing is studying how God makes the world work. I find that many of the challenges in relating science and faith spring from an inadequate appreciation of what this means. Conversely, just as there is an added dimension of pleasure in enjoying the creative work of someone you know, so there… Read More The Vocation of a Christian Scientist
Although for Christians Jesus is the unique, historical embodiment of God as Word/Logos, this does not preclude God as such being expressed in other people, cultures and times. Who dare affirm that God was not at work expressing Godself, God as Word/Logos, in other times and places to reshape humanity through the creat founders of… Read More Paths from Science towards God 12: Towards a Global Theology
The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth… When he established the heavens, I was there, when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, When he made… Read More Paths from Science towards God 11: Wisdom and Word – Images of Transcendence, Immanence and Incarnation
Arthur Peacocke now turns to the Christian concept of sacrament in describing God’s relation to the world and humanity. … the material objects that constitute part of our outward reality can have two different relations to out inward mental life: they can be instruments that take their character from what is done with them; or… Read More Paths from Science towards God 10: Creation as Sacrament
We need a new way of expressing God’s immanence within the world, or in other words, God’s presence in the world. Arthur Peacocke, among other scientist-theologians, see panentheism as the way forward. In panentheism, the world and all that is is seen to be ‘in God’, yet God is ‘more than’ all that is. The… Read More Paths from Science towards God 9: Revisiting Panentheism
Since Newton and the Enlightenment, creation has been viewed as a single act by God at a certain point in the past. With the discovery of fixed laws governing the world, people began conceiving of a deistic God who created the clockwork of the cosmos and then left it to run on its own machinations.… Read More Paths from Science towards God 8: Did Evolution Save Christianity from Deism?