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.

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