Re(2): definition of science [a search for knowledge]

From: Edward Babinski <>
Date: Tue Apr 26 2005 - 00:34:35 EDT

ED: Add to the below that a scientist would also want
to know not only the individual "steps" or
"connections" in God's mind concerning how the cosmos
was created and sustained, but also would want to know
how "miracles" work, at least to find out as much as
it was possible for him to be able to grasp concerning
each each "miracle" literally and specifically worked.

That's the difference between scientists and
theologians. When the theologian gets to "God did it,"
his work is over, but scientists, even Christians who
are of a scientific bent, would still want to know
more, their questions would continue. That's how all
scientific minds work too, it's what the brand of
curiousity known as "scientific," is all about.

--- Keith Miller <> wrote:
> Ed wrote:
> > --- Keith Miller <> wrote:
> >> Here is one version of my definition:
> >> Science is the human endeavor to understand how
> the
> >> physical universe
> >> works by constructing testable cause-and-effect
> >> natural explanations of
> >> events and processes based on observations of the
> >> physical world.
> >
> > -----------
> >
> > ED: How about this?
> >
> > Philosophy and theology are a search for *truth*
> >
> > Science is a search for knowledge.
> I understand what you are getting at, but I would
> not use those terms.
> Science is also a search for "truth" although with
> the continued
> recognition that our current understanding of that
> truth is also
> tentative and subject to change. I know that we
> need not see science
> as working toward understanding of an objective
> truth about the world
> as it really is, However, I think that most of us
> see our work as
> attempting to uncover such truth however feebly.
> What is different is the kind of truth being sought.
> The power of
> science is that it seeks to uncover only the truth
> of the physical (or
> natural) processes operative in the universe of
> matter and energy.
> Theology seeks to know and understand spiritual
> reality, and the
> history of the human encounter with the spiritual.
> It seeks moral
> truth grounded in the revelation of that spiritual
> encounter. As I am
> not a theologian, I am sticking my head out rather
> far here.
> Anyway, I do think that truth and knowledge are not
> the proper
> categories here.
> Keith
> Keith B. Miller
> Research Assistant Professor
> Dept of Geology, Kansas State University
> Manhattan, KS 66506-3201
> 785-532-2250

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