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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Interesting, Non-Qualifier

Here is an interesting article chronicling the reversal of fortunes between science and faith. Gail Holley, in the Northeast Missouri Daily Journal, in an article titled, “Science and Faith not mutually exclusive,” writes:
In the Middle Ages there was a phrase that largely summed up how people thought. It was "Faith seeking understanding."

Faith, in this age, was the great, unassailable "given," the basis for truth. Clearly, so the thinking went, God existed. His exploits were there for us to read in the Bible and, to the extent that it thought we needed to, the church was there to tell us how to understand him.

Humanity's understanding of nature, astronomy, and the human body, was, at best, in its infant stages. Philosophy and science were the helpmeets, the subordinates of faith and their roles were enobled by the extent to which they supported it. Figuring out how the world fit into the parameters of faith was the purpose of study and "science." Humans were gifted with intelligence so that they could flesh out exactly how or why God made things the way he did.
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Holley does a good job drawing in readers and making the argument that science and faith aren’t necessarily juxtaposed.

Unfortunately, Holley didn’t include identifiable scripture. One passage on God’s “reasoning” comes to mind:
Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool. (Isaiah 1:18 AMP)
This verse reminds us that God doesn’t take issue humans trying to figure out his creation (i.e., science and reason); he just doesn’t want us to overlook our separation from him because of sin. He is more than willing to forgive us and accept us, even to extend an peace offering in the form of his Son, if we will just accept his truth.

Without a scripture citation, however, Holley’s well-written piece doesn’t qualify for the Amy Writing Awards. I am going to email Galen with information on how to write award-winning pieces in the future.

Keep up the good writing!


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