Where does scientific knowledge come from? Today I want to share some thoughts on this and to reflect on the surprisingly widespread view among Christian thinkers that science is a form of divine revelation.
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As this strange and troubling academic term comes to an end, I can think of no better way of finishing it than by turning to God in prayer—in adoration for his grace, confession and thanksgiving for what’s past, and supplication for the future.
Dear Lord and Father,
Father Shay Cullen is a priest from Ireland and a member of the Missionary Society of St. Columban. He has devoted his life to rescuing and ministering to child prostitutes in the Philippines since 1969. Cullen is famous for his espionage and undercover activities. He can be described as a spy for Jesus. Sometimes he swaps his clerical robes for the guise of a paedophile tourist. Using hidden video cameras, he visits and exposes the hidden places where children are prostituted and abused.
Liza Lansang Espinoza shares her reading of The Secularization of Science by Herman Dooyeweerd, which will be the focus of the first All of Life Redeemed webinars on 4 and 11 June. (See this post for the flyer, including the email address for signing up.)
'Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.'
This is a short tract about men and women who are believed to be divine.
Do not put your faith in Prince Philip, Maradona or Tendulkar
Mathematician Pythagoras was worshipped by many.
He urged his followers to worship the Number 10.
He died in 495 BC.
Alexander the Great was revered as a god.
Some say he is responsible for 3,500,000 deaths.
He died in 323 BC.
Caesar Augustus was worshiped by millions.
His followers believed he could wipe away their sins.
Like many who are not schoolteachers, NHS staff or other key workers, in these recent weeks I have been getting used to spending most of my time at home, getting very acquainted with Zoom and the various tools we are using for online teaching at the university where I work. It’s been quite enlightening (and at times quite shocking!) to see how this period of enforced restriction has affected my sense of time: little jobs can stretch out to fill a whole day, and often I will look at the clock (or the calendar!) and be startled to see how much time has passed.
Just over a week ago I submitted my doctoral thesis. One of the most enjoyable parts of the final few weeks of this process was writing the acknowledgements. Before sitting down to do this, I had thought to myself: "I'm not going to be one of those people who writes pages and pages of acknowledgements. It's self-indulgent and a bit too much like showing off. Surely a paragraph or two will be enough."
Become a Consumerist Today
My name is Ron and I am a lad from London.
I am a consumerist.
My life is all about consuming cars, motorbikes, haircuts and films.
I will be a millionaire in ten years.
This is what I believe.
Take it or leave it.
The world is a stockpile of raw materials.
Iron ore, copper, soil, plants, animals are there for the taking.
We turn this stuff into commodities like fridges, tellies, golf clubs.
I am a selfish calculating machine.