Science is toolshed of deductive tools. At it’s core: logic. The framework and perspectives used by scientists are virtually the same as those used by mathematicians – in fact, mathematics is often referred to as being synonymous with the category of science. However, one thing sticks out to me here as ironic. Continue reading
Some of the greatest discoveries of science are ironically some of the oldest landmarks of the universe. We are now capable of seeing both the astronomical immensity of the universe, and the minute complexity of the atom. The irony is though, is that these discoveries are — as science has always been — discoveries. Continue reading
There is a recognized language of science. Empirically discoverable components are: Hypothesis, Theory, and Law. These have a inductive or deductive order that they follow to a more concrete conclusion. This process takes unassuming and objective approach to the discovery how things work in our universe. While technically science is limited to empirical discoveries, science has methods that are applicable in other disciplines that may contribute to more clarity on a matter. Theology has a likewise similar analogical tradition: Doctrine, Theology, and Law.
Just as an interpreted component of the universe is conceived as explanatory in the science fields, theological/biblical interpretation likewise moves from tentative local doctrines, to a highly scrutinized theological framework. If, and only if, the framework appears to remain in all possible scenarios, science would classify such as thing as a law — a universal truth of the physical universe. However, theology is dealing with much of a different type of experimental analytical process. Theology approaches the development of doctrines through one of several types of filters, which not every theologian agrees on.
Some theologians acknowledge Scripture alone to bear authoritative capacity on the forming of doctrinal hypotheses, however, even with an exclusively Biblical hermeneutic, several factors contribute to how doctrines are arrived at. Once doctrines are determined, they usually augment greater theological corners that have stood the test of time in theological tradition. Consider the tenants of Protestant Calvinism, Arminianism, or Catholicism. Even these clearly delineated theological corners are rooted in prior interpretive development through the careful study and prayerful consideration of theologians who have come before. Several of these theological frameworks overlap in many areas, and some lack coverage that others may hold. At the third level, theologians are, like philosophers, interested in arriving at the absolute truth. Truth has been called the correct description of reality. This is an undisputed goal of every theologian, as all acknowledge there was one things were done.
However, the nature of human reason limited the true arrival at truth. Epistemological confidence is an evasive mist. Different theological systems are the best conclusions we have in the field of theology. Furthermore, God is said by many to exist outside of our frame of reference, potentially existing in spectrums that we are unable to perceive of. Scientific methods are very limited in comprehending a being who exists outside of a physical existence, or simultaneously in physical spirituals realms. Science have been able to speculate based on the microscopic discoveries of molecules, atoms, quantum physics theories, but these are indirectly observed, since man has to use tools that were developed with the assumption that what is being observed is the correct way to observe/interact with it.
Systematic theology has a very appealing status for modernists, as it leads to conclusions that are beyond theological models of interpretation, they intend to define who God is and how He works. The difficulty with this is that the Bible reveals a story rather then a theological dissertation. God didn’t ever what man to understand the laws that He created the universe with; He wanted us to interact in loving intimate relationship well. The bible is full of stories where God is a character interacting with man. This statement is, of course, biased. There truly is no such thing as genuine objectivity, leading to a tentative conclusion that our attempts at reaching a clearly defined and exact law of the universe is not appropriate, nor really a primary goal God had intended for mankind.
We are approaching the end of the 3rd quarter at Christian Heritage, and there is talk of outdoor events. Spring will be the host of such events as the Spring Program, Track and Field Day, and our first CHS Talent Show (Secondary)! Continue reading
We are approaching the half-way point for the third quarter, and we just finished our “chemistry” unit. Students made really spectacular atomic structure models of elements of their own choosing from the periodic table (with one who encountered some Continue reading
While the scientific community has received much of it’s breakthroughs in the past due to unforeseen, accidental discoveries, technological developments today have gone in the direction of theoretical advancement. There is the potential for improvement, so the expectation is to reach for it (or past it). Continue reading
Health science has a long history, and the surprising reality is that the earlier part of it’s history is less empirical then it is today. Continue reading
There was a time anything not easily tangible physically or intellectually was once considered spiritual. Now math has revealed many mysteries of the universe – but is it any less spiritual? Continue reading
For so many, supposed gaps in the Bible have led to frustration, arguments, and parting ways with God. Continue reading
A couple of years ago, I had first learned of the terms “phenomenal” and “noumenal”. It was the difference between what science could physically, empirically measure through the 5 senses. Continue reading