Sunday, March 21, 2010

the interaction of science and theology

I am having a lovely weekend away visiting a friend, so today I will simply post a few favourite/interesting quotations from a book I am reading: One World - the interaction of science and theology by John Polkinghorne.

Science and theology have this in common, that each can be, and should be, defended as being investigations of what is, the search for increasing verisimilitude in our understanding of reality. (p.42)

Physicists labouriously master mathematical techniques because experience has shown that they provide the best, indeed the only, way to understand the physical world. We choose that language because it is the one thing that is being "spoken" to us by the cosmos. (p.46)

The one God who is well and truly dead is the God of the Gaps. [...] AS the theoretical chemist and devout Christian, Charles Coulson, briskly said, 'when we come to the scientifically unknown, our correct policy is not to rejoice because we have found God; it is to become better scientists.' The demise of the God of the Gaps should not be lamented, least of all by theologians. If God is God he is to be found everywhere, not just in the murkier corners of the world he has made.

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