Science & Christianity

September 27th, 2015

The "Hawkeye - Father Mulcahy Effect" and the Galileo episode

Psalm 19:4-6

Be careful how you interpret . . .

"First, the truth of scripture must be held inviolable.  Secondly, when there are different ways of explaining a Scriptural text, no particular explanation should be held so rigidly that, if convincing arguments show it to be false, anyone dare to insist that it still is the definitive sense of the text.  Otherwise unbelievers will scorn Sacred Scripture, and the way of faith will be closed to them." - Thomas Aquinas (13th century)

"The Bible is true and science is true, and therefore each, if truly read,  prove the other." - Matthew Maury, "Father of Oceanology"

Divine commission for science & technology

Genesis 1:1

  • Universe began . . . not eternal
  • Creator is separate from creation / nature
  • Existence of incomprehensibly glorious Creator
  • Contrast: Animsim, Pantheism, Naturalism

Romans 1:20 & Psalm 19:1-4

"The glory and greatness of Almighty God are marvelously discerned in all his works and divinely read in the open book of heaven." - Galileo

Genesis 1:26-31

  • Creation is "very good . . . blessed" - but not divine
  • Man in image of God . . . crowning touch - Psalm 8:3-9
  • Man commissioned to "subdue" the earth

Further Reading:

  • How Christianity Changed the World - Schmidt
  • For the Glory of God - Stark
  • The Galileo Connection - Hummel
  • Biblical Basis for Modern Science - Morris
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