Re: Answersingenesis

From: Jonathan Clarke (
Date: Sun Apr 08 2001 - 18:23:26 EDT

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    Hi Howard

    Something you wrote struck a strong chord with me.

    > In the movie "Chariots of Fire", Eric Little told his sister, "When I
    > run, I feel His pleasure." Likewise, I feel that when we use the
    > capabilities He has given us as scientists to do the things He's
    > called us to do (including anthropology, paleontology, physics,
    > geology, biology, etc.) and we do those things seeking the truth for
    > His glory, we feel His pleasure and can experience the awe of
    > grasping-- though just in thimbles-full -- the excellence of His
    > knowledge and wisdom. I, as most who subscribe here, believe God gave
    > me a mind to use for His glory. In saying this I thus admit that
    > having used that mind, I see a totally inadequate epistemological
    > basis for YEC. I

    This has always been my favourite part of "Chariots of Fire". Perhaps
    participation in the historical sciences is as controversial for
    evangelical Christians in our day as participation in sport was in the

    Faith involves (or should involve) a transfer of focus from the "I" to
    "Thou". Much of what passes as science-faith discussion seems to focus
    on the "I" and the "It". However personally some of the times I have
    felt closest to God is when I have been not the rocks, contemplating the
    history of of a mountain range of a region. I have very much
    experienced a consciousness of "Thinking God's thoughts after Him" (is
    that Bacon's phrase?). Contemplation of creation should lead to awe and
    then to worship of the creator. This was the experience of the
    psalmists based on their limited knowledge, we, who know so much more,
    should be able respond similarly.



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