Sunday, June 16, 2013

James A. Herrick on Science and Spirituality

"Though science may point to God, we cannot experiment our way to God. Knowledge of the divine and of salvation must be revealed to us by God himself, who ever remains in ultimate control of knowledge as well as of power. No scientific discovery will lead us from the lab to the heavens, though it may take us to space. Nature must be explored as a gift that points us to the Giver, not as an Aladdin's lamp yielding up to the diligent inquirer unlimited powers both physical and spiritual. The biblical message is that transforming grace rather than an evolving human race is the means of discovering our spiritual destiny."

—James A. Herrick

Scientific Mythologies: How Science and Science Fiction Forge New Religious Beliefs (Kindle Locations 3320-3323).


Anonymous said...

What can one say about this powerful statement by James Herrick but a wonderful truth that only those of faith will understand.We can see a Gods handiwork when we look out into the universe or when we take in the beauty of flowers.I will say one thing that as science delves into the microscopic world even an atheist like Professor Nagel is now drawn towards intelligent design.

Cris Putnam said...

I highly recommend his book The Making of the New Spirituality as well if you are interested in how out culture has become Neopagan and increasingly immersed in paranormal and occult beliefs.

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Anonymous said...

Nagel is opposed to ID. He just sees it as separate from typical creationism.

Ex N1hilo said...


ID Theory and Creationism are indeed distinct.

ID starts with Science and argues to a deity. (Although its proponents prefer "designer" and are usually careful not to use terms such as "god" or "deity.")

Creationism starts with the God of Scripture and argues to Science.

Anonymous said...

Annoyed at the suggestion that Nagel is being drawn into the deist camp.

Ron Cram said...

I am not certain I agree with all the statements in the head post. Dr. Allan Sandage made an astronomical discovery that convinced him of the existence of God. Of course, he did not know which God but the discovery sent him on a spiritual quest that lasted for two years before he became a follower of Christ.

The standard cosmology (hot big bang with lambda cold dark matter) is strongly supportive of a Creator God. The standard physics of the fine-tuned universe is also strongly supportive of a Creator God. There are scientists who will appeal to non-scientific theories like the multiverse to avoid the existence of God, but the door is quickly closing even on that sad dodge.

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