Is theology the correct discipline to know God?


You cannot have a clear view of the world as it really is through the lens of theology, ideology, or philosophy. For that, you’re going to have to include the study of the natural sciences. We ought not compartmentalize and segregate these fields and disciplines but see them as working together as an interdependent whole. It is an unfortunate and insufficient path to conclude that God is mostly worked out through theology and doctrine.

If you’re interested in exploring, here are a few books worth exploring:

Consilience by Edward O. Wilson

The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking 

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  1. Lee Petersen says:

    Yes , I think science is a real way to begin to understand God . Theology , at least what we call Theology is a very poor substitute. It is interesting that the oldest spiritual writings , the Vedas , were understood to be scientific before they became to be known as scripture .

  2. susan says:

    Jim, if you haven’t discovered him already, you would love Michael Dowd and Evolutionary Christianity. Google it and listen/watch some of the videos on youtube. Totally awesome.

  3. BarbN says:

    Years ago when I attended a Christian college, there was a wonderful philosophy professor who taught us that “all truth is God’s truth.” If something is true, whether it be in science or experience, God is the author of truth. And the corollary: If something is true (from science or wherever) and it conflicts with my understanding of God, then my understanding of God is probably at fault. It’s an idea that has helped me out countless times when considering evolution, DNA, quantum mechanics, etc. That prof has long since retired. I suspect that he would be drummed out of that same school now since it is far more conservative than it used to be. I’ve read the Stephen Hawking book –well, most of it 🙂 — but not the others, thanks for the recommendations. And the poet’s version– Gerard Manley Hopkins says of looking up at the sky in late summer: “I walk, I lift up, I lift up heart, eyes / Down all that glory in the heavens to glean our Savior” i.e., examine, inhale the physical world to know God. My take on it, anyway.

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