Science vs Religion: Is there a place for faith in the lab?
Science and religion can be reconciled if they each pursue the same reality. First, the many misrepresentations of unstable systems, relativity and quantum theory need to be swept away. God needs to be seen, not as fiddling at the edges, but as the top-billed actor who sustains the regularities of nature.
What is knowable about God can be learned, face-to-face, through nature.
What can be known about God is plain . . . because God has shown it. . . . Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made.
— Romans 1:19–20
Science and religion can be reconciled if we admit that science lacks any explanation why nature is so stable and so coherently designed and if religion abandons its many dualism and confesses that
- There only one realm of reality
- We have only one life to live
- Human nature is comprised of only one inseparable body-and-soul entity
Science and Nature
The search is not so easy. William Wordsworth—a notable student of nature—didn’t find the search easy. At times, in a rustic setting, he sensed a sublime presence (Tintern Abbey). But that sensation lacked the durability of which true love should boast. Later the poet lamented
The things which I have seen I now can see no more. . . .
. . . there hath past away a glory from the earth. . . .
Whither is fled the visionary gleam?
Where is it now, the glory and the dream?
— Wordsworth, Intimations of Immortality
The search is not easy in the field of science, either. What physicist claims to find God in the solution of his differential equations? What biologist claims to see God through his microscope?
Already our pursuit has bogged down, even though we have barely begun. Looking at nature or science by themselves, through modern eyes, is inadequate. The God for whom we would search was originally defined by the authors of the Hebrew Bible, and further defined by the Church Fathers. We can’t make any progress without some help from these ancient sages.
Off Topic: Religious Embroidered Patches
Religious embroidered patches can be used to motivate or reward for church, school, youth programs, sports like soccer, softball or basketball, youth camps, bible study, Christ-like behavior, and any activity where you want to motivate, reward or inspire. Use them to motivate effort, encourage attendance, or to reward achievements.
They have been used as motivational rewards and incentives for sports; for memorizing bible verses; to encourage Christ-like behavior (the Golden Cross or “C” patch); the Green Cross given as a keepsake to everyone attending a “Rebirth” Service or a Reaffirmation where a commitment to Christ is renewed; any of them are excellent Vacation Bible School rewards for attendance or memorizing bible verses, sports motivation rewards, and youth rewards. The hanukkah patches can also be saved as a keepsake or ironed on a garment to show achievements.
Star Patches can be used in as a reward in almost any general instance, but can also be used to symbolize the importance of different acts or attributes. The 5 pointed start is itself the symbol of Christianity, known as the Star of Bethlehem representing Jesus birth and incarnation. Also the Star of David, wheel of dharma and yin yang symbols embodied patches. While Flying spaghetti monster Iron-on patch makes a great gift for your Pastafarian friends.
Red – As the color of fire, red can be used the symbolize the presence of God.
Gold – As the color of light, gold is used to represent the divinity. It is also representative of what is precious and valuable, being used to symbolize joy and celebration.
Blue – As the color of the sky, blue is often used to symbolize heaven or the search for truth.
Green – The color associated with rebirth and the triumph of life over death.
Patchion create embroidery patches and also offers custom embroidered badges.