miracles and other things

This article by Marilynne Robinson is worth a read.  It’s called “Reclaiming a Sense of the Sacred,” and in it she says:

“We inhabit, we are part of, a reality for which explanation is much too poor and small. No physicist would dispute this, though he or she might be less ready than I am to have recourse to the old language and call reality miraculous… Science can give us knowledge, but it cannot give us wisdom.

She quotes Paul’s letter to the Romans, mentions a Jonathan Edwards footnote on moonlight, and explains why of course religious people should not feel threatened by science.  Of course.

Anyway, it’s a good reminder on a cold, cold Tuesday in March that the deepest fabric of reality contains something sacred, miraculous.  That while perhaps some fish may have crawled out of the cold sea on slimy, half formed legs many ages ago, that is not the whole story.  That the inexpressible longings in the depths of our soul are part of our sense of something ineffable, something holy.  A sense of some kind of glory that lies just beyond us, calling us home.

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4 thoughts on “miracles and other things”

  1. Science cannot give either wisdom or knowledge. Science does give theories which are more or less useful and predictive. Real scientists never have “knowledge.” Einstein said that reality is a box which can never be opened. We can weigh the box, and x-ray the box, etc. But we can never open it. We can never know. Einstein was simply illustrating basic facts concerning the scientific method.

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