Monday, January 23, 2006

Are you a product of a speck of dust?

I recently watched a TV documentary about the relative arguments on the merits of religion and science.

The presenter - a scientist - clearly felt everything in our past has a scientific explanation and he dismissed any spiritual component out of hand.

I surprises me anyone can be so arrogant.

I prefer this quote;

I do not feel that I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected, prepared, prefigured. In short, a being whom only a Creator could put here; and this idea of a creating hand refers to God.- Jean-Paul Sartre

4 comments:

omm said...

Quite right.Scientists seem like enjoying the idea that they are the centre if the universe these days, I am sorry for them.

BTW, was Sartre not a nihilist?

Rocky said...

I really like the new look. I am quite sure the new look and the blog entry had a creator. It seems that if something as simple as this has a creator then far more complex things must surely have a creator.

Felix Gerena said...

Great comments here. If you allow me I´d like to recommend an author that has a very interesting perspective on life, reason and belief. He is Raimon Panikkar, he is spanish but his origins can be found in India. He´s been proffessor in Universities all around the world, some of them very famous like Harvard University.

You can find some of his books here:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/search-handle-url/ref=br_ss_hs/104-1976632-8657513?platform=gurupa&url=index%3Dstripbooks%3Arelevance-above&field-keywords=panikkar&Go.x=10&Go.y=10&Go=Go

Trevor Gay said...

Thank you all for excellent comments as always.

This has become important to me over the last year or so as I re-discover my own Christianity.

I was annoyed that the TV programme was biased to the scientific argument and sadly there was no one from a Christian perspective well briefed enough to argue with the scientist who presented the programme.

Someone like Nicky Gumbel who is leading the Alpha courses would have been an excellent debater who could have put the Christian view very assertively but also in a measured and clam way.

It is interesting to me that most of the great scientists in history including Darwin, Einstein, Copernicus and Archimedes were all Christians and wrote about Christianity.

It is also true that while there may well be conflict between science and religion there is more conflict within science itself which surely proves there are some questions that are deeper than simple logic and rationality!