Thursday, 10 November 2005

Theology and science: Wentzel van Huyssteen

“A theology and a science that come to discover [a] mutual quest for intelligibility in spite of important differences will also be freed to discover that nothing that is part of, or the result of, natural scientific explanation need ever be logically incompatible with theological reflection. Stephen Hawking’s disturbing question, What place would there be for a creator in a universe without a beginning in time? could then be answered with: every place. Whether the universe had a beginning in time or not does not affect our reading of the Genesis story in its depiction of the complete dependence of the universe on God. God is not a God of the edges; God is the Christian theologian’s answer to why there is something rather than nothing.”

—J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, Essays in Postfoundationalist Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), p. 236.

3 Comments:

Jim said...
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Jim said...

Wentzel is a long time friend and I must confess one of the finest theologians in the area of theology and science. And he's funny as all get out. His wife, Hester, too, is a wonderful person. He would love to hear from you Ben.

Ben Myers said...

Thanks, Jim -- that's great to hear. I reckon he's currently one of the world's best thinkers not only in theology and science, but in the whole field of theological method.

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