I’m not a scientist, but I’ve always loved to dabble in it. In fact, I collaborated with some friends and wrote a quirky picture book on the interfacing of various areas of science (e.g. quantum theory, chaos theory) and the open view of the future. It’s called The Cosmic Dance and, just to let the cat a little bit out of the bag, at some point in the future we’ll be offering it to friends of ReKnew for free.
In any event, over the last couple of years, and especially through my participation in BioLogos, I’ve developed a special appreciation for the way some scientists who are Bible-believing Christians see and express the glory of God in the evolution of the cosmos and of humanity. I especially love the way some articulate creation as a sort of open-ended adventure, even for God. These scientists see the beauty and grandeur of the creation unfolding, with a delicate balance of order and spontaneity permeating everything. From the quantum particle to human beings to the universe itself, every distinct thing, and everything in relation to every other thing, is a marvelous dance of structure and freedom!
A scientist who captures these ideas beautifully is Karl Giberson, one of the scientists who heads up BioLogos. Here is a little reflection by Bruce Epperly on his new book, Seven Glorious Days. I haven’t yet read the book, but this reflection makes me want to. Keep dancing!
From the book review:
There need not be competition between people of faith and scientists. In fact, if the early Christian declaration that “wherever truth is found, God is its source” reflects God’s inspiration of all quests to understand the universe, then people of faith should train their eyes to see God’s presence in the laboratory, the Hubble telescope, the Higgs Boson, the fossil field, and the medical theatre as well as the meditation hall and sanctuary. Perhaps Robert Jastrow is correct when he notes:
For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story ends
like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer
the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of
theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.
Yet it may not be such a bad dream, but the discovery that our adventures of the spirit – motivated by wonder and the desire to know – are blessed activities, witnessing to a Wisdom beyond and within that embraces and inspires every quest for truth. Scientists and people of faith can venture forth, seeing the world through the lenses of each discipline, and joining in common cause to heal this good earth.
Ibrahim Iujaz via Compfight On this eve of Easter, we wanted to share something that fit the mood of the time between the crucifixion and the resurrection. D.L. Mayfield wrote this striking piece on the longing for the Kingdom of God in the midst of overwhelming brokenness. We thought it was the perfect reflection for…
Greg talks about science and the Bible. http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0345.mp3
Greg took a few moments to describe how he hopes you’ll benefit from The Cosmic Dance. Discover how various branches of science demonstrate that life itself is a delicate dance between order and chaos. You’ll find that we’re wired to live on the edge in a place of creativity, spontaneity and significance in the adventure…
Greg speculates on the nature of the fall, then talks about evidence of God in the universe. Episode 520 http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0520.mp3
The most basic and yet most profound teaching of the Bible is that “God is love” (1 Jn 4:8; 16). He is revealed to be a God who is triune—Father, Son and Holy Spirit (See Mt 3:16; 28:19, Jn 14:26; 15:26)—who’s very essence is an eternal, loving relationship. He created the world out of love…
I have discussed the scriptural support that depicts the future as partially open and that God knows it as such. I do this in God of the Possible. If a position is true, every avenue of reflection ought to point in its direction, including science. What follows are two more “pointers” to the view that the…