Science/Environment/Nature

August 21, 2016

“…for in Him [God] we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28)

 

"The world is charged with the grandeur of God.” (Gerard Hopkins)

 

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees, and flowers, and clouds, and stars.” (Martin Luther)

 

“...the world—absolutely everything in the world—is Theophany. This means that everything in creation, from angels to atomic particles, is the revelation of God. The Greek word theophania means something like"God made apparent” or"God shining forth.” (Heiromonk Maximos)"...God’s presence flows everywhere in the world. We live soaked in God.” (Heiromonk Maximos)

 

“Christianity is a sacramental religion...sacramentality implies a particular view of nature which is radically at odds with the secular, materialist view of modern western culture. It is a view that holds creation to be graced, sacred and full of meaning. The sacredness of nature thus lies at the very heart of Christianity and it is vital, when our relationship with nature is looming as one of the great moral questions of our time, that we understand how fundamental the sacredness of nature is to the sacramental life of the Church." (Archpriest Lawrence Cross)

 

“The astronomer, Allan Sandage, spent a lifetime peering through telescopes into space, delving into the wonder of supernovas. He never ceased to question,"Why is there something rather than nothing?” Finally, he confessed,"It was my science that drove me to the conclusion that the world is much more complicated than can be explained by science. It is only through the supernatural that I can understand the mystery of existence.” (Dynamis 9/14/12)

 

“If God exists, then He must be outside of the natural world, and therefore the tools of science are not the right ones to learn about Him. Instead, as I was beginning to understand from looking into my own heart, the evidence of God’s existence would have to come from other directions, and the ultimate decision would be based on faith, not proof?” (Francis Collins)

 

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)

 

“I would like to suggest that science should not be denied by the believer, it should be embraced. The elegance behind life’s complexity is indeed reason for awe, and for belief in God.” (Francis  Collins)

 

“C.S. Lewis points out that the atheistic theory which says that all our thoughts are solely the products of a mechanical nature is a theory which has itself been arrived at by trusting reason. But, if the theory is true, there is no ground for believing that reason is trustworthy. Hence, there is no ground for believing the theory is true. Basically if God doesn’t exist and all is random we can’t trust our own thoughts.” (Sacramental Living, C.S. Lewis)

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