Let’s start with the will of man. What do men choose when left to their own devices? Men like to make things up, including artificial religions like much of our pseudoscience.
From a “scientific” secular viewpoint, God is strictly a necessity; a sort of “place marker” for things we still have no hope of understanding. To the troubled world, God appears with names like “Black Energy,” “Black Matter,” “Anomaly,” “Idiopathy,” “Infinity,” or “Extent.” These are things we can only see by their absence and inexplicable nature: “Acts of God” being a favorite for explaining big, bad things.
Among the answers to this and following objections, each arise from faith, consists of faith, and exists based on faith. The real history of science largely depends on the guidance of Godly faith. Is the earth a fixed point? Not if you begin, for instance, with Job’s explanation and Galileo’s premise that God, “. . . hangs the earth on nothing.”
Reading the Bible for understanding and clarity is precisely how modern science began. Theologians (such as Newton) and monks (like Mendel) found their answers in the Bible, and set about proving God’s Word with direct observation.
The other extreme suggests that the First Cause rules so far above (ontologically, or in the “levels of being”) that, “It could never communicate with us.” To such people, it compares with humans trying to speak to mosquitoes or flatworms.
The idea of a “First Cause” being too high for us actually seems funny. The First Cause gave simple life forms specific instruction and guidance for living their lives. If we are limited in our communication with a nervous system, or even a hind brain, where do we fall on the list of incompetency? Yet these same people readily admit that a long history of expedient errors fit the bill entirely — we just don’t know how yet.
A relative newcomer (to me) in the theology realm relates to an idea that “any understanding of God must be personal and private.” It is, most likely built on the idea that “once it is written down, it is limited and incomplete.” Its expression is, “My God won’t fit in your tiny god box. It is much too big for that!”
The only sufficient answer to that is, “Where is your personal god box, built on your limited understanding?” What separates your godhead from schizophrenia or a bad trip? Again, how can we verify or replicate the general concepts of your possible delusion?
These ideas are bound tightly to the will and whim of the owner, without outside interference. These theologies are practical atheism, willful ignorance, or self-centered justification, yet each allows the holder to contemplate what he or she does not want to meet, and to account for what the holder fears.
The fourth form of practical atheism comes from religion. It is very easy to worship works, ritual, structure, tradition, and pageantry. It persists in the form of a book of prayers, an order of worship, or a blessing from a priest. None of these are bad things, but at best they are to God what a suit and tie are to a gentleman.
The reality of God is abundant in His creation. No denial erases the truth. The enormity of our secular and scientific history demonstrate incomparable proofs of the veracity of the Bible in every sense from aesthetics to zoology, yet it remains “primitive mythology and fiction” for those who refuse it.
The End . . .
but here are some 17th Century scientists who used the Bible in their research, or were inspired to look in specific areas because of evidence found in the Bible. Most were persecuted for rocking the boat, shaking religious dogma, or turning “settled science” on its ear. Bear in mind that these (and hundreds more) scientists of the “enlightenment” were all outspoken Christians, and erupted at roughly the same time as the first sanctioned printing of the Bible in the English language and made available to laymen (all began and completed their major works between 1611 and 1700):
Francis Bacon formulated the scientific method;
Galileo Galilei popularized the sun-centered solar system, proved Kepler’s Laws, and advanced physics in both gravity and displacement;
Johann Kepler discovered the laws of planetary motion, established the science of celestial mechanics, fist publisher of tables for tracking stars, major contributor to science of calculus;
William Harvey discovered the circulation of the blood based on Leviticus 17:11, “For the life of a creature is in the blood;”
Blaise Pascal, mathematician who laid the foundations for conic sections, differential calculus & probability theory, invented the barometer, and essentially “founded” hydro static and hydro dynamic engineering;
Robert Boyle, one of the first chemists, and an active opponent of alchemy, who discovered many gas laws, chemical properties, and invented the match among many other things;
John Ray, the leading authority on (and “father” of) botany and zoology, and co-founder of the Royal Society;
Christian Huygens, astronomer, mathematician, physicist, introduced the pendulum clock and developed the formula for pendulum periods, discovered the nature of Saturn’s rings, and proposed the wave theory of light.
And then there was Isaac Newton, but he lived and worked until 1727.
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