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two books in one person

For years I’ve grappled with the question of how creational revelation interacts and intersects with biblical revelation.  Many times I’ve had sublime glimpses of what their union could look, sound, feel, smell or taste like.  Every time its happened its felt very personal, as though Christ were right there, intimate and near.  Which makes more sense to me now, after reading something in Leslie Newbiggin’s book, Proper Confidence.   There he writes about another author who articulated the idea of the Cappadocian Fathers (4th century theologians) that a proper understanding of coherence of the created order and God is best articulated and modeled through the incarnate Christ (Jesus as both God and material man).  “Therefore there are no ultimate self-contradictions [between creation and God]. It is not to be understood in terms of a yin-yang duality as in far Eastern thought. It has an ultimate coherence, a coherence of which the central secret is make known in the Incarnation.” (page 8)

Jesus is the ultimate and perfect expression of the coming together of created and Creator.  If this is true, then he must also the one in which the secret of the co-mingling of the two books of revelation lies.  What a great question to pursue!  How does the person of Jesus Christ reveal the coming together of the two revelatory natures; creation and the bible?

Faith and science control freaks…

I read the obituary of world class physicist, Robert Jastrow, this morning. He had an interesting insight into the whole faith v. science debate. While I’ve always been able to see the ‘control freak’ factor playing out in those who espouse a radical fundamentalist faith position in these matters, I never considered that this same motivation may be at play on science’s “side” of the equation. Jastrow made a rather honest confession when he said…

“Scientists cannot bear the thought of a natural phenomenon which cannot be explained, even with unlimited time and money… There is a kind of religion in science, it is the religion of a person who believes there is order and harmony in the universe, and every effect must have its cause, there is no first cause. This religious faith of the scientist is violated by the discovery that the world had a beginning under conditions in which the known laws of physics are not valid, and as a product of forces or circumstances we cannot discover. When that happens, the scientist has lost control.” Physicist Dr. Robert Jastrow, former head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, in his obituary, Globe and Mail, Feb 13, 2008