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.
In this video, Greg introduces The Cosmic Dance, by explaining what motivated him to write this quirky little book. If you live near the Twin Cities, come to the launch party Friday June 24th where you can purchase the book at a discounted rate. Click here for information on the launch party.
The New York Times recently posted a review of Alvin Plantinga’s book, Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. In it, Plantinga argues on philosophical grounds that, among other things, theism is not in conflict with science, that a belief in naturalism along with evolution is contradictory, and that “Faith…is another basic way of forming beliefs, distinct…
Greg considers the relationship between human redemption and the redemption of creation.How will God keep his promises to creation? http://traffic.libsyn.com/askgregboyd/Episode_0082.mp3
You will never see another book quite like this one. Filled with pictures and creative dialogue, this title wrestles with questions about how science and theology relate to each other so that we might better understand God and our world. This is the kind of book you will want to show your friends, even if…
A biblical teaching that we often overlook regarding the centrality of non-violence concerns God’s original vision of creation. We have grown so accustomed to the violence we experience as a part of nature that we don’t even question whether it is supposed to be the way it is. However when we see God’s vision for…
I guess we’re on a roll on science topics these last few days. As a pastor my only concern with the creation/evolution “debate” is that those who feel they must deny evolution don’t make this a hurdle people have to jump over to get into the kingdom. As a fellow member of American society, however, my concern…