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God and Science---a Comment on the “Hand of God” in Space ^ | January 18, 2014 | Jerry Newcombe

Posted on 01/18/2014 6:57:56 AM PST by Kaslin

Recently, a picture from outer space was posted that some thought looked like the “Hand of God.”

Writing about it for (1/9/14), Tanya Lewis said, “The hand might look like an X-ray from the doctor's office, but it is actually a cloud of material ejected from a star that exploded.”

She began her piece, noting, “Religion and astronomy may not overlap often, but a new NASA X-ray image captures a celestial object that resembles the ‘Hand of God.’”

But I think religion and astronomy have indeed overlapped far more than people realize. And not just astronomy, but science in general.

There is often a perceived incompatibility between religion and science. I think that is especially true after the rise and acceptance of Darwinism in the late 19th century.

However, it’s interesting to note that essentially modern science was born in a Christian milieu about 500 years ago---with early contributions from the ancient Greeks.

All the great leading scientists initially were Bible-believing Christians. They believed that they were---in the words of astronomer Johannes Kepler---“thinking God’s thoughts after Him.”

They understood that a rational God had made a rational universe, and it was their job as scientists to discover those laws that the Creator had impressed into His creation.

Kepler (1571-1630) wrote, “Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God in regard to the book of nature, it befits us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our minds, but rather, above all else, of the glory of God.” The scientists were thus God’s priests, in Kepler’s view.

To the consternation of some unbelievers, Sir Isaac Newton, perhaps the greatest scientist who ever lived, wrote more on Christian theology than he did on science.

Newton saw God’s powerful hand in His creation. He once said, “Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.”

Sir Francis Bacon is credited with having been the inventor of the scientific method---that combination of induction and deduction, of hypothesis and proof (empirical proof). Bacon was a devout Christian.

Bacon noted, “There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our falling into error; first, the volume of the Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power.”

In 1660, the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge was founded. This prestigious organization, still in existence today, is the oldest such institution still in operation.

James Moore of the Open University in England notes it was founded in a Puritan college (Gresham), and virtually all its early members were Puritans---at a time when Puritans were a small minority. He said that Protestantism “encouraged the birth of modern science.”

I had the privilege of doing some TV interviews at the Royal Society (for our special on “What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?”---hosted by the late D. James Kennedy).

One of those I interviewed was physicist Sir Alan Cook. He said, “One of the implications of the incarnation is that Christ took human form upon Him, including the power of thinking about things and observing things. It seems to me that an implication of the incarnation is that we, those of us who are able to, have a Christian obligation to study the world as God’s creation.”

I’ve had the privilege of interviewing on several occasions for my radio show Dr. Stephen Meyer, who earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science at Cambridge. Dr. Meyer, a fellow at the Discovery Institute, is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Darwin’s Doubt.

I asked Dr. Meyer for a statement for this particular article. He wrote me: “Far from conflicting, the overwhelming scientific evidence of design in life and in the universe—in the digital code stored in DNA and in the fine tuning of the laws of physics, for example—clearly shows that science can—and does—provide support for a theistic view of reality.”

So it comes as no shock to me to see the reported “Hand of God” in the heavens. I believe we see the “Hand of God” even in the study of the heavens, and of the earth.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: god; science; spaceexploration

1 posted on 01/18/2014 6:57:56 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Privileged Planet - book & movie, by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards
Privileged Planet (Chapter 1 of 12)

2 posted on 01/18/2014 7:03:59 AM PST by BwanaNdege
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To: Kaslin

To place evolution in proper perspective, consider the salvation of God’s Creation with Noah and our present state.

Not all creatures were in the ark, but a progeny sufficient for today’s end state existed at that time.

This means giraffes didn’t evolve into pigeons, not chimps into humans, but not all variations of each species existed immediately after landing on Mt Ararat.

It is also interesting to note that the first couple of generations after the flood were the only time in human history where grandparents outlived their grandchildren.

This would nicely account for many ancient history artifacts found today, which may have been a passing of early wisdom to younger generations not yet knowledgeable of previous science and mathematics.

3 posted on 01/18/2014 7:06:07 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Kaslin
When it comes to the reconciliation of science and faith, I look to the maxim of St. Anselm of Canterbury:

"I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this I believe: that unless I believe, I should not understand."

4 posted on 01/18/2014 7:11:57 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Kaslin

hand of god is from argentina

5 posted on 01/18/2014 7:16:01 AM PST by HonkyTonkMan
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To: Kaslin
A few years back Hubble took a photo, that was entitled

The Crown of Thorn

weird thing is the photo was taken during Holy Week.

BTW, I could have sworn that I had already seen a photo called The Hand of God that was released by Hubble some years ago. Anyone else recall seeing it?

6 posted on 01/18/2014 7:20:31 AM PST by mware
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To: HonkyTonkMan
What is this telling us ??
7 posted on 01/18/2014 7:29:00 AM PST by mikrofon (The Wonders of God's Creation)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t know where the divergence of science and a belief in God took place. I love science and it is always fortifying my belief in a divine Creator.

8 posted on 01/18/2014 8:01:21 AM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: Kaslin

Wow. Very cool.

9 posted on 01/18/2014 8:10:35 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: PistolPaknMama

Chuck Missler’s teaching on space and time is awsome.

10 posted on 01/18/2014 12:34:04 PM PST by StoneWall Brigade
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To: StoneWall Brigade
Chuck Missler’s teaching on space and time is awsome.

He's very good, isn't he?

11 posted on 01/18/2014 10:54:40 PM PST by rdb3 (Drive for show, putt for dough. No wonder why I stayed broke on the links!)
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To: rdb3

Indeed he is.

12 posted on 01/18/2014 11:16:22 PM PST by StoneWall Brigade
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To: Kaslin

Uneasy genius: the life and work of Pierre Duhem

13 posted on 01/18/2014 11:20:37 PM PST by Pelham (Obamacare, the vanguard of Obammunism)
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The article omits the fact that it was the Christians that destroyed many of the libraries of Alexandria containing the great works of the time. And it was ironically the Arabs that raided and salvaged many the remains later plagiarized in “The Great Work(s).”

Indeed mathematical evolution was on a hiatus for 1500 years, but returned to progress once again in Western Europe.

I’m sure the relationship of mathematics to Christianity is more a factor of topology than a conditional necessity.

14 posted on 01/18/2014 11:32:24 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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And no mention of the German Jew, David Hilbert.

15 posted on 01/18/2014 11:34:23 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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