Nature and Super-Nature: Part 2

“Look, there are 1080 elementary particles in the universe. Do you realize how big God would have to be to keep track of every one of them?” I heard that question long ago from someone of significance (Carl Sagan, perhaps?) before I started keeping track of such things. Who asked it isn’t important because the question itself reflects a common feeling that an omniscient God would have to be impossibly large in order to keep track of the entire universe. Now for a Christian that has never been a problem. We are used to thinking in terms of a God who is infinite. While we marvel at the size of the universe like anyone else, we know the Creator must be larger than his creation. However large the universe is, it is finite. Our minds are accustomed to the infinite.

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Galileo and the Church

Everyone knows the church sent Galileo to the Inquisition for contradicting scripture by suggesting the Earth revolved around the Sun. The story is so well known that it is used as an abbreviation for the idea that religion is the enemy of science. “Yeah, well what about Galileo?” is often the unanswerable retort. What I love about any sentence beginning with “everyone knows” is that what everyone knows is usually far from accurate.

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