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Science Quotes That Apply to Christianity
These are science quotes that apply to Christianity.
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Augustine, c. A.D. 400
Usually, even a non-Christian knows something about the earth, the heavens, and the other elements of this world, about the motion and orbit of the stars and even their size and relative positions, about the predictable eclipses of the sun and moon, the cycles of the years and the seasons, about the kinds of animals, shrubs, stones, and so forth, and this knowledge he hold to as being certain from reason and experience. Now, it is a disgraceful and dangerous thing for an infidel to hear a Christian, presumably giving the meaning of Holy Scripture, talking nonsense on these topics; and we should take all means to prevent such an embarrassing situation, in which people show up vast ignorance in a Christian and laugh it to scorn. The shame is not so much that an ignorant individual is derided, but that people outside the household of faith think our sacred writers held such opinions, and, to the great loss of those for whose salvation we toil, the writers of our Scripture are criticized and rejected as unlearned men. If they find a Christian mistaken in a field which they themselves know well and hear him maintaining his foolish opinions about our books, how are they going to believe those books in matters concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of eternal life, and the kingdom of heaven, when they think their pages are full of falsehoods and on facts which they themselves have learnt from experience and the light of reason? Reckless and incompetent expounders of Holy Scripture bring untold trouble and sorrow on their wiser brethren when they are caught in one of their mischievous false opinions and are taken to task by those who are not bound by the authority of our sacred books. For then, to defend their utterly foolish and obviously untrue statements, they will try to call upon Holy Scripture for proof and even recite from memory many passages which they think support their position, although they understand neither what they say nor the things about which they make assertion. [1 Timothy 1.7] (Ancient Christian Writers, vol. 41. St. Augustine, Vol. 1: The Literal Meaning of Genesis; Thank you to Pib Burns, who had the quote on his site. I couldn't find Augustine's original writing until I found his reference! I ordered the book.)
Discover Magazine, 2009
In our universe the laws of physics seem precisely calibrated to allow the existence of long-lived stars, planets with stable orbits, and molecules that allow complex chemistry. All of these seem to be prerequisites for life. (Adarn Frank, "Cosmic Abodes of Life." Discover; May, 2009)
Jeremiah Briggs, 2010
I'm beginning to believe that this creation story, for the most part, is about the structure and working order of the Kingdom of God, that it is story of redemption from spiritual darkness and chaos, and that it is not a literal story of the creation of this planet and its biological inhabitants. (Jeremiah Briggs Art & Illustration, Mar. 14, 2010)
Discover Magazine, 2011
Bob Russell ... founded the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences ... eventually teamed with the Vatican Observatory to launch a Divine Action Program. That group has been meeting with Polkinghorne and others to discuss religion and science ever since. "It's often assumed that scientists are intrinsically atheist," Russel says, "but science can be a spiritual experience. For some, it is about reading the mind of God." ("Physics of the Divine"; March, 2011)
In entanglement, two particles become twinned in such a way that the measurement of one always determines the properties of the other, no matter how far apart they may be. ... Most physicists accept entanglement as just one more counterintuitive reality of quantum physics. But [quantum physicist Antoine] Suarez claims entanglement tests conducted with real photons in the lab suggest that quantum effects must be caused by "influences that originate from outside of space-time." ... "There is no story that can be told within the framework of space-time that can explain how these quantum correlations keep occurring," Suarez says. (ibid.)
"You could say the experiment shows that space-time does not contain all the intelligent entities acting in the world because something outside of time is coordinating the photons' results." [Quantum physicist Antoine] Suarez says, "Physics experiments cannot demonstrate the existence of God, but this test shows that today's physics is compatible with all major religious traditions." ... Jean Staune, a mathematical physicist and philosopher at the Interdisciplinary University in Paris ... puts it like this: The before-before experiment shows that "if an intelligence is directing quantum events, then that intelligence exists outside the material universe. But it doesn't prove that such a mind exists." (ibid.)