RE: Tit for Tat?

From: Alexanian, Moorad (
Date: Sat Sep 13 2003 - 16:53:34 EDT

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    Jan’s assessment is to the point. Most practicing scientists are not concerned nor are they qualified to discuss biblical issues that require us to do biblical research. The pragmatic approach is to decide Who Christ is and what He did on the cross for each one of us. Once that question is decided by saying yes to Jesus, then one can proceed to follow His teachings and have one’s daily choices dictated in pleasing God. As scientist quo scientist, most of us, if not all of us, are concerned with subject matters that have nothing whatsoever to do with questions of origins. If that is so, then why waste so much time on issues that we will never know for sure that add little to our understanding of science or to how to govern our daily behavior as we exercise our free will.



            -----Original Message-----
            From: on behalf of Jan de Koning
            Sent: Sat 9/13/2003 4:24 PM
            Subject: Re: Tit for Tat?

            At 10:37 PM 11/09/2003 -0500, Keith Miller wrote:
    >But what you describe is simply not science. I see no way that divine
    >action can be a part of scientific description. Divine agency is almost
    >by definition a black box - a divine agent can theoretically explain
    >everything and thus nothing. Science is a method by which we attempt to
    >discover processes and mechanisms at work in nature. It is a limited
    >endeaver. To try to make "science" into some overarching all encompassing
    >search for truth is to undermine the very methods by which we evaluate the
    >validity of scientific explanations. I have yet to see a description of
    >what the ID scientific method is - other than simply to allow
    >metaphysical speculation as part of scientific description (which is not a
    >methodology at all).
            When I went first to university some 50 years ago, one of the first courses
            I was taking (and which I had to take) at the Free University was a
            philosophy course which described in detail how all of life, all of our
            studies, were part of God`s creation, and were combined in one view of the
            totality of life. That statement made it necessary to have a look at the
            Bible as well. But then the Bible, not in a ``modern`` translation, even
            if the translation was almost 500 years old.
            Our readings showed how translations in `Modern` times always included
            modern thoughts. We spent hours on the Old Testament comparing texts with
            words like `nephesh`, `leeb` , `ruach` and discovered that, for example the
            word including nephesh was translated in Gen. 1 as living being, because it
            was talking about animals, but in Gen.2 it was translated as living soul,
            because man was meant. Clearly at least one was not a literal
            translation, but forced by our philosophical background. Our prof.
            impressed upon us that our reading, be it translations or anything else,
            was always colouring our understanding.
            Consequently, trying to discuss on this listing anything more than some
            basic facts and pointing to interesting studies is impossible. Debating
            basic philosophical understandings of our reading of the Bible would
            involve us in discussing bible translations, history of bible translations,
            history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, basic knowledge of
            scientific research etc. etc. All things requiring years of study,
            intersting, but impossible on a list like ours.
            Jan de Koning

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