26 December 2011

Daily Morsels-December 26, 2011

Multiverses, appearance of design, and scientific dogmatism--Gene Veith points to an article in Harper's Magazine discussing the multiverse theory, which proposes that there may be a profoundly large number of unobservable universes that potentially differ wildly from our own. This large number, they explain may account for the "apparent" fine tuning in our own universe or the "apparent" design. As the number of these potential universes increase, the likelihood of one meeting the characteristics of our universe increase they say, but really only as the number approaches infinity (a logical impossibility, but language that has been used nonetheless).  The 18th century philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz asked the profound, but exceedingly important, question "why is there something rather than nothing?"  The scientists who are putting their faith in the multiverse theory have offered one potential explanation to this question, yet one that also must set aside observational method. As one commenter said, "if I read this right, these scientists are actively seeking to abandon science because it might lead to faith in God, by creating a theory that can explain God away, but has to be taken on faith." If they are putting their faith in something unobservable, why reject the possibility of a Creator, which seems a much more satisfactory and parsimonious explanation to the way things are.  Romans 1 provides some insight, "because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen." (Romans 1:25)

Christmas is the cure for self-salvation--Tullian Tchvidjian shared a great meditation for Christmas yesterday. If you are like me, you fall back into the rut of thinking you can make yourself good enough. Of believing that if you just work harder, God will somehow approve of you more. "The Incarnation of Christ serves as a glorious reminder that God’s willingness to clean things up is infinitely bigger than our willingness to mess things up. The arrival of God Himself in the flesh sets us free from the pressure we feel to save ourselves from loneliness and lostness, despair and dejection.  In short, Christmas is God’s answer to the slavery of self-salvation."

Jesus died for my food coma--With perfect timing, Clint Archer has addressed gluttony on the day after Christmas. We Christians are fans of going after certain types of sins, but overlooking the more respectable kinds--like gluttony, gossip, and so forth. For me, this is a besetting sin. One that I continue to fight against.

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