Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Opus 2016-46: Thirst Is Scientific and Theological

(I need to post this before I go numb reading about the death of Justice Scalia.)

When I teach I love tangents.  Questions generated by a student trying to get me off topic are sometimes the most fertile teaching soil.  I can’t remember what the catalyst was but one of my classes got off onto the relationship between science and history.  I teach history and have taught science.  I am qualified on paper to teach both. 

Eventually the discussion moved to science and religion.  If you are not familiar with any science teachers they have a monochrome view of the world that says science is for thinkers and religion is for non-thinkers.  It is arrogant and patronizing.  I always love to see the look on their faces when I say they go together very well.  As a Christian I believe that God created the reality we think of as the world.  It is stated simply.
(Genesis 1:1 KJV)  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
If He did that then He also crafted the laws of physics.  God understands the limitations of Newtonian physics and also of quantum physics.  He knows about the speed of light and deterioration of carbon 14.  He also inspired the Bible to be written.  There can be no conflict in the truth of both.  We might be wrong in what we understand but that is our problem to work out.

My last post lays the groundwork for this point:  God designed the earth to heal from both natural and man made disasters.  You can look at the article again on Yahoo if you want.

Think about all the times we have been told the world was coming to an end because of human pollution.  Remember the recent oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico?  It was supposed to destroy the area forever.  The massive oil slicks never developed.  Why?  It seems there is a “new” microbe no one knew about that was designed to consume oil that leaks naturally from the ocean floor.  For the microbes this was just a banquet.  For God it was good planning.

Now we find that the earth absorbs more water when it needs it.  My brother said, “Yes, it is called the ‘water cycle’.”  The earth goes through many changes.  It gets hotter.  It gets cooler.  It shakes.  It rises and sinks.  It was designed that way.

Good science and good theology work together.  God designed it.  That is theology.  That is the who and why.  That gives a basis for ethics and priorities.  Water expands when it freezes.  That is science.  That involves the how and when.  That develops technology and improvements. 

Don’t confuse the two.  Don’t build conflicts that don’t exist.

homo unius libri


  1. As you know, science keeps proving the Bible, even though it doesn't want to do so.

  2. With that you point of the crippling flaw in modern science. It has a "want". It is looking for specific answers instead of following where the evidence leads. It has become PC.

    Grace and peace.

  3. I agree. I've also begun to notice that God has given us bodies that are fairly resilient, if we don't abuse them, as well as foods and plants that can bolster/ heal that resiliency. (Geez, I sound like a hippie)

    1. Just because hippies were generally fools doesn't mean they didn't get it right on occasion. Remember the broken clock and twice a day.

      Grace and peace.


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