Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Thought from Today's Reading...

"The purpose of this chapter has been to consider the extent to which moderm science affords us scope to consider God's particular action, beyond his single Creatorly fiat. This consideration was necessary, not because science has an absolute right of veto over theology but because theology, truly conceived, seeks the most profound integration of all human knowledge, and so has to respect the offerings made to it by all branches of inquiry into the way things are. Our expectation that our action in the world might afford some analogical help in thinking about God's action has, with proper safeguards, proved valid.
"We have also seen that modern physics is not inimical to the undoubted possiblity of our actions, and so it does not exclude the possibility of God's actions either. It is possible with integrity, if not without puzzlement, to hold to what science has to say and still go on to consider those theological questions about God's action..."

-Dr. John C. Polkinghorne, Trinity Hall, Cambridge (UK).
Science and Prividence: God's Interaction with the World. (London: SPCK, 1989. )

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