Monday, December 1st, 2014
EVEN THE POPE IS EXPLORING THE RELIGION/SCIENCE CONNECTION
How to Talk About Religion is the sub-title of Krista Tippett’s book, SPEAKING OF FAITH. My brother (who was a Methodist Minister and who died two years ago) gave it to me when I was in phase he called “evangelic agnosticism”.
His book suggestions to me were often astute.
When my mind turns,not to mush,but to muddle I pick up this book because it is clear about the muddle (if that is possible) between science and religion and finds a middle path through that dichotomy.
Tippet quotes John Polkinghorne, a quantum physicist quite a bit who became a theologian and Anglican
—Religious insights about the nature of God and the scientific insights about the process of the world seem to me actually to be very consonant with each other. You can’t deduced one from the other, but you can see it and they don’t seem to be at odds with one another.
Science treats the world as an object that you pull apart and constantly put to the test. But we know there are whole realms of human experience
where testing gives way to trusting. There are times to look at ‘wholeness’
and times to ‘dissect’ parts. What we need is a complementary way of looking at the world—
These words encourage me. I read and see science opening up to a transcendent unseen reality. I wish religion would do more of the same with science. It is coming. Even the Pope is evolving. He says—The ‘Big Bang’ theory, which we hold to be the origin of the world, does not contradict the intervention of the diving creator, but rather requires it. Evolution requires the creation of beings that evolve—
OK, one step for mankind, one step for the divine.