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Realistic to religionsists perhaps......

September 6 2011 at 3:49 AM
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'God vs. Science' - Polkinghorne points to the homey phenomenon of a tea kettle boiling merrily on the stove.

"Science tells us that burning gas heats the water and makes the kettle boil", he says.

But science doesn't explain the "why" question. "The kettle is boiling because I want to make a cup of tea; would you like some?"

"I don't have to choose between the answers to those questions", declares Polkinghorne. "In fact, in order to understand the mysterious event of the boiling kettle, I need both those kinds of answers to tell me what's going on. So I need the insights of science and the insights of religion if I'm to understand the rich and many-layered world in which we live."  - 

Poor John Polkinghorne. For one thing, he doesn't seem to realize it's not the kettle that boils - and that as a (former) physicist - and thus demonstrates that religion can (and does) turn quite reasonable people into, erm ... well ... a John Polkinghorne, so to speak.

rejected and denied by many, accepted and embraced by few : incontrovertibility
- it is not what we (think we) know that matters, it is what we can show true that does
as the maxim demands; truth is demonstrably fact and fact is demonstrably true
everything else ... mere BS -

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