What's the biblical God's essential characteristic? According to Cobb, it's the loving care a mother or father gives an infant.
faith and science
Randomness is distinct from the Greek concept of chance. Conflating the two imports to science the sense that random events are gratuitous.
A recent Templeton Foundation program sought to cultivate local conversation on science and faith. We asked some pastors to describe their experience.
The geophysicist's talk had none of the triumphalism of efforts to prove God exists. It was the testimony of experience—and it was unequivocal doxology.
It would be dishonest to attempt to squeeze nonreligious scientists into the mold of conventional belief. Nevertheless, they do end up confronting profoundly theological questions.
"Everybody thinks the church stopped supporting science with Galileo. That's a myth tied up in the politics of the 19th century."
Modern cosmology indicates that the universe cannot have been created without any constraints. So where do we find the elusive nihilo?
Why do scientists turn to questions traditionally reserved for the humanities? Tom McLeish argues for a deep kinship between the two spheres.
"Students don't have time for electives. Rather than change the curriculum, we embedded a discussion of religion and science in the classes they already take."
Stephen Jay Gould regarded science and religion as addressing different kinds of questions. Owen Gingerich goes a step farther with a more nuanced approach.