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Moving Mountains   Leave a comment

shutterstock_160108343Within the past few years we have seen a tremendous accession of physical power to mankind.  We often hear it said that man now has the power to blast all human life from the earth if he wants to.  His latest achievement, the hydrogen bomb, seems a kind of blasphemous parody on the words of Jesus: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Matt. 17:20).

The faith that has rocked the world with atomic explosions is a faith in man’s capacity to control nature through scientific method, but today one often finds it combined with a fearful doubt of man’s ability to control himself.

Christian faith may come to our rescue in this dilemma, but in its usual forms it is far removed from the blazing assurance and unlimited claims of primitive Christianity.  The sharp struggle between religion and science in the 19th century has resulted, for the most part, in a sort of gentleman’s agreement between the two—a state of peaceful coexistence, with the methodologies of science supreme in the practical concerns of life, and religion left to play over man’s interests as a kind of inspirational and institutionalized poetry.

The urgent need of our time is for a coherent view of life, at the same time religious and scientific … Read more …

This article by Robert Peel was originally published in the Christian Science Monitor and later in the Christian Science Sentinel of September 1, 2013.

A Matter of Time   Leave a comment

$ dreamstime_38418Sentinel Radio Managing Editor Russ Gerber interviewed Dr. Laurance Doyle, Principal Investigator at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, California, to get his current thoughts on the topic of time. (For background, see www.seti.org.)

Here is a snippet of this interesting interview which was originally published in the 30 December 2002 Sentinel.  The full interview can be read by following the link at the end.

Question:  … subjectivity in regard to time seems to say that everything regarding time, whether it’s “how much time I have to do this job,” or “how long I’m going to live,” or any of these things, is just relative and subjective?

Yes, there has never been a connective force discovered between the orbit of the earth around the sun and the aging of the human body. There’s no reason why that should occur—it’s just something people believe. When people talk about the Big Bang, the origin of the universe, I always think of “2+2=4.” And how old is that? We can talk about the origin of Roman numeral two’s, and we can talk about the origin of Arabic numeral two’s, because they’re symbols, but we can’t talk about the origin of the real “two.” So I would say time is dependent on matter—whereas an idea is not material and therefore doesn’t involve time.   To read the complete article click here.

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