I received this “enote” from Adam Hamilton about an upcoming sermon which might be of interest to biologos readers. Hamilton writes: I spent Monday and Tuesday of this week interviewing a Nobel Prize winning microbiologist, a molecular biologist whose research addresses virology, a chemist who works in defense, an astrophysicist twice honored by NASA for his research work on cosmic rays, and a theoretical physicist and Fulbright Scholar whose passion is quantum physics. One thing all five of these scientists shared in common was a love for science and a commitment to Christ. My interviews with them were in preparation for this weekend’s message, Science, Religion and the Rationality of God . I’d like to invite you to invite a friend to join us for this series of messages, A Thinking Person’s Guide to Faith . (You can learn more at cor.org)
I really like his messages and will be sure to look this up as soon as it’s available online. The messages there that I’ve seen tend to be well-grounded in scripture. Thanks for this heads-up.
look forward to the “not thinking person’s guide to faith”
As a skeptic and scientist I believe in God because of the way nature works and the laws that govern it and see his miracles in the supernatural, e.g. metaphysical part of reality, love and logic, not in the events that are exceptions from the natural, e.g. the unnatural.
As an example, to me the act to turn water into wine in a physical way isn’t anything to admire as a sign of metaphysical power. It’s an industrial process and you can even buy instant red wine these days and make it a party trick. However the bold act to serve the water of ritual cleansing, the pure and blessed water permitted to be put into those jars to a bunch of wedding guests who thought it to be a shame not to have the means to buy excess amounts of wine to get the guests drunk is to me lesson from God that becomes a miracle when it is understood. It makes water the new wine not by physically changing it, but by making us change our value scale and realise that the water that washes away our sins is the most valuable thing we can receive. The wine may only make us forget them for a short time
To corner the master of ceremony to recognise the purity of that water and honour the groom for not cutting the wine to fake wealth but to serve the most valuable drink in this water would make me follow Christ if I were with him at the party as a future disciple. Not so if I were to go into the hospitality industry or become a member of the magic circle. Than an act of magic mixing to satisfy the expectations of my customers coming here for a drink would be a trick I would have to learn from him.
So as all of us here are “thinking persons” (I hope we are not yet controlled by AI) I like to hear your thoughts to guide my faith and help me to make my worldview more coherent as to better approximate the truth.
And by the way - Happy new year everyone. May you all stay safe from Covid
Thank you for your very rich insight into the miracle of the water becoming wine. I had not looked at it that way, and it makes a lot of sense. Happy New Year to you, too. Hope you enjoy the sermon.
The sermon is now available. I just listened … if there every was any doubt on where he stood on any of this, there isn’t any now. It’s good.
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