Re: Science and Theology

From: Roger G. Olson <rogero@saintjoe.edu>
Date: Wed May 05 2004 - 12:58:50 EDT

>
>
> George Murphy wrote:
>
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "John W Burgeson" <jwburgeson@juno.com>
>> To: <whamilton51@comcast.net>
>> Cc: <asa@calvin.edu>
>> Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2004 5:37 PM
>> Subject: Re: Science and Theology
>>
>> > Bill wrote:
>> >
>> > >>Might it not be that God's primary interaction with the world is in
>> his
>> >
>> > dealings with mankind? >>
>> >
>> > That is the idea that makes the most sense to me. I know His
>> interactions
>> > with me; to a lessor extant those with my wife. Interactions with the
>> > inanimate world (wine at Cana and such), except for the days 200
>> years
>> > ago, seem to be rarities.
>>
>> Bill & Burgy -
>> Is this really what you want to say - that God only rarely
>> "interacts" with the world beyond the human race? Do you mean
>> "intervenes"?
>> With whatever model of divine action one uses, other than a "clockmaker"
>> one, God is "interacting" with the whole world &/or all parts of it all
>> the
>> time.
>
> This is probably a trivial example – but I am not a deep theological
> person, as
> you all know.
>
> I occasionally teach mathematics to students at a Christian High School.
> Given
> the opportunity to so, I pass out a “business card” which has a “down
> conversion
> rainbow” (see:
> http//paradoxscientic.comhttp://userpages.umbc.edu/~dstrek1/bbo1.jpeg)
>
> on one side and Maxwell's equations, juxtaposed with “let there be light”
> from
> Genesis, on the reverse.
>
> I tell the students that, by studying mathematics, they can eventually
> understand and solve those equations. However, it is God who puts fire
> into
> those equations and sustains them at the present time. Without God, they
> are
> just lifeless equations on a card.
>
> Simplistic theology to be certain, but both the students and I can relate
> to it.
>
> Walt
>
>
>> "Intervention," in the sense that God directly "breaks into" the
>> usual course of natural processes, would be one form of interaction but
>> by
>> no means the only one. I would agree that there is no reason to think
>> that
>> in that sense God intervenes beyond the scope of humanity - & rarely
>> then.
>
> (Maybe)
>
> Walt
>
>
> --
> ===================================
> Walt Hicks <wallyshoes@mindspring.com>
>
> In any consistent theory, there must
> exist true but not provable statements.
> (Godel's Theorem)
>
> You can only find the truth with logic
> If you have already found the truth
> without it. (G.K. Chesterton)
> ===================================
>
>
>
>

Wally,

Nice example and pretty picture. I'm glad to see you're back on the ASA
Listserve!

Roger
Received on Wed May 5 12:59:03 2004

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