An Emerging Christianity Conversation in DC Message Board › Questions and Quotes for God and the Cosmos
This month is our initial review of the book God and the Cosmos by Harry Lee Poe and Jimmy H. Davis. We will look at the intro of this book and some of your general impressions of scientific thought. This will allow you more time to purchase the book.
This book is exploring two overall questions
Book Q1: What Kind of God Interacts with the world?
Book Q2: What Kind of World Allows God to Interact?
John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
Q1: If Jesus is the Word of God made flesh, what scripture open up the need for you to understand scientific thought?
Page 17: To those who hold the view of scientific naturalism, our explanations of natural events are a zero-sum game. To them a 100 percent natural explanation means 0 percent divine involvement.
Q2: So what is a Christian who is a scientist to do? What vocabulary is available to describe what they do and how God relates to the physical world?
Page 18: During the Middle Ages, Christian theologians and philosophers, in considering how to determine the extent of God’s activity in nature provided the following contribution to the development of modern thought. On the other hand, they saw God almost always acting in nature through secondary causes. Why? Although they believe that God could do anything that he wished, they believe that God almost always restricts himself with the cursus communis naturae (the common course of nature).
Q3: What is your working understanding of how or if God interacts with nature or the material world.
Page 28: “If the universe is not created by God, and if God is not involved in the universe, then the universe tells us nothing about God. If, on the other hand, God did create the universe and continues to be involved with it, then it may be a source of information about God,” Harry Poe says in God and the Cosmos.
Page 23 Q4: If God does not relate to the physical world, then why do we even have an idea of God?
Page 24 Q5: Projecting a monster or monsters, as most primitive cultures seem to have done, makes sense, but how did people get the idea that a benevolent God lies behind all suffering and death?
Page 24 Q6: How do people know about God if God really exists? And what does God have to do with the course of human history?
"Poe and Davis masterfully explain the necessity of God for a cohesive understanding of religion, science and history. They demonstrate persuasively that we do not live in a pointless universe without beginning or end. Rather, we see a growing richness and complexity that is consonant with God's progressive revelation through the Bible. God and the Cosmos presents this argument in a diverse panorama that includes Eastern religions, the Protestant Reformation and the latest discoveries of modern physics." (Robert Kaita, physicist, Princeton University )