Saturday, July 02, 2011

Ponder Heaven and Earth Religiously

Daisy, Green Lake, Wisconsin
Alister McGrath, in his Scientific Theology, insists that "the Christian doctrine of creation demands a unitary approach to knowledge." (Joel Green, Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible, 24)

If God made the world, then one would expect "that something of God's character weould be disclosed in creation." (Ib.) Most of not all of my scientist friends would agree. Indeed, when they study nature via their scientific disciplines they view "nature" as "creation," and a "creation" reflects its creator. Their scientific studies served to increase their awe and wonder about the God who created all things.

Molecular biophysicist McGrath posits "two modes of knowing God" (Ib.):
  1. Via the natural order (creation)
  2. Via Scripture
Green quotes Augustine, who wrote: "Some people read books in order to find God. But the very appearance of God's creation is a great book... [Therefore] ponder heaven and earth religiously."