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Religious Scientists – An Introduction — 2 Comments

  1. As Assistant Director of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, I had the pleasure of mentoring my counterpart at McDonald Observatory. In comparing notes, we estimated that regardless of whether we had our heads underwater or in the clouds, we “knew” about 10% of the total body of knowledge. The more we learned, the more obvious it was that we knew relatively little. We also admitted that we do not know what we do not know, so 10% is a wild guesstimate. We absolutely agreed, however, that the more we learned, the more our scientific endeavors drew us to God and “proved” his existence.

    We enjoyed baiting the naysayers with the following kinds of questions:
    – What was there before the “big bang”? Nothing works only if there is a power that can create something (or everything) out of nothing.
    – The universe is expanding…into what? Again, nothing does not compute. What is that something that you call nothing?
    – Is the expansion of the universe a “push” or a “pull”? What is doing the pushing or pulling?
    – Why are the laws of physics what they are and not some other set of laws?

    I suggest that the authors should give some testimony about their relationships with God and science. Did one lead to the other, and how? They are obviously comfortable with both religion and science, so how does their scientific learning confirm their faith?

    Science is far more of a journey than a destination. The human voyage with God is as magnificent a story as that of God’s creation. So please share the journey with us.

    Steven Lanoux, Ph.D.
    Port Aransas, Texas

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