October 19, 2011
In an article in the Guardian, the author contemplates the age-old relationship between science and religion and figures it's not going to end well.
So what else is new?
Is there no middle ground?
Physicist turned theologist John Polkinghorne and mathematician Nicholas Beale in their book, "Questions of Truth: Fifty-one Responses to Questions About God, Science, and Belief," seems to think there is one.
As they put it: "Science is concerned with the question, How? — By what process do things happen? Theology is concerned with the question, Why? — Is there a meaning and purpose behind what is happening?"
Those questions of truth deal with everything from God’s existence to how we got here:
“The Creator has not filled creation with items stamped ‘made by God’...It will be a recurring theme in this book, that, out of love, God has self-limited the exercise of divine power to give creatures the space to be themselves and, as we shall think when we come later to evolution, even to ‘make themselves."
If I gather what the authors are saying, God has intervened in some way to make sure that we have the intelligence to find the answers.
Back to science again.
Naturally there are some who won’t like the answers or want anything to shake their faith.
But those looking for some compatibility between science and religion might.