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Miracles and Science, Part 1

Miracles and Science

In this five section series, Ard Louis explores the relationship between science and miracles. He indicates the self-imposed limitations of science to discover knowledge while warning against the God-of-the-Gaps explanations. Then, he explains the two types of miracles seen in Scripture: those that are divine timing and those that are violations of the natural. Overall, God sustains natural processes, but, as the master composer, he has the ability to perform miracles as well.

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Miracles and Science, Part 1

Miracles and Science, Part 1

"Unbelievable, isn’t it, that there are still students at this university who believe in stories from the Bible", said Martin, an older colleague of mine at Oxford University. "But Martin, I answered, their faith probably doesn’t differ much from mine." I can still see his face go pale while he nearly choked.
June 25, 2010 
Ard Louis 
Divine Action & Purpose 
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Miracles and Science, Part 2

Miracles and Science, Part 2

Rather than attempt to come up with a careful and precise definition of science or scientific practice, I will instead resort to a favorite metaphor of mine. It originates with one of my former teachers at Cornell who describes science as a “tapestry” woven together from many threads...
July 03, 2010 
Ard Louis 
Divine Action & Purpose 
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Miracles and Science, Part 3

Miracles and Science, Part 3

How can we then judge whether or not the miracles of the Bible are reliable? Since the word miracle has taken on so many different meanings, it is important to first examine the biblical language.
July 09, 2010 
Ard Louis 
Divine Action & Purpose 
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Miracles and Science, Part 4

Miracles and Science, Part 4

Science, as well as tools from historical disciplines, can be brought to bear on biblical miracles. For example they can be split into those that are examples of providential timing (type i miracles) and those that can only be viewed as directly violating physical cause-effect relationships (type ii miracles).
July 17, 2010 
Ard Louis 
Divine Action & Purpose 
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Miracles and Science, Part 5

Miracles and Science, Part 5

By getting rid of the miracle stories in the Bible, Bultmann and his followers hoped to make the Christian story more palatable to modern man. Although I recognize the emotional weight of this sentiment, I am not convinced that it is an intellectually coherent approach, mainly for reasons of self-consistency.
July 24, 2010 
Ard Louis 
Divine Action & Purpose 
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