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Jesus’ life: inspired and scientific

Ours is a world of immense complexity and confounding questions. Mankind’s devotion to science and to religion reveals our deep desire to make sense of it all.

Science and faith have revealed otherly realms normally unobservable to our physical senses.  Both have uncovered universes we never knew existed. From the macro to the micro, our accumulated knowledge has yielded information and wisdom which have partially tamed the physical universe and freed us somewhat from the bonds of materiality.

“You will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” Jesus’ statement uttered over two millennia ago is the impulse for the theology he taught. It also happens to be the underpinning of all scientific enterprise. Revealing fundamental truth is the incentive of religion and scientific endeavor. The resulting discernment encourages freedom to express mastery over life’s perplexities.

Jesus’ life was divinely inspired. His service to God, love of mankind, and unrelenting reliance on an infinite wisdom he referred to as “my Father” is obvious and recorded in Scripture for the ages.

At the same time Jesus’ life was profoundly scientific. How so?   Read more…

Age No Reason for Self-Image to Suffer

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There are points in life when you just feel crummy.  Not so much physically downcast, but ineffectual, worthless, even blue. It’s not uncommon for older adults to experience bouts of low self-esteem.  But, we don’t have to take it on the chin.

Conventional wisdom accepts self-image as forged by three intertwining factors: how we see ourselves, how others see us, and how we think others see us. It would seem a delicate balance susceptible to a variety of life factors.

“Older adults may be experiencing a change in roles such as an empty nest, retirement and obsolete work skills in addition to declining health,” notes Richard Robins, PhD, who has been studying the sharp decline of self-esteem among seniors.

Self-image and health go hand-in-hand.  “Self-esteem is related to better health, less criminal behavior, lower levels of depression and, overall, greater success in life,” according to one study’s lead author, Ulrich Orth, PhD, as reported by the American Psychological Association.  And that’s the catch-22: declining health contributes to low self-esteem and low self-esteem drives diminishing health.  Read more…

Inspiration: It’s place in the halls of science

Ah-ha moments often signal sudden insight into a perplexing problem.  For my sister years ago it was the discovery that pickles come from cucumbers. The look on her face was precious.

from my moustache

Inspiration has played a significant role in more important scientific breakthroughs throughout the ages.  It’s a wonder why the debate over the compatibility between science and faith rages on considering the inspiration involved in both.

“Science and faith don’t mix!” That axiom just doesn’t hold up in light of recent studies that show nearly 50% of scientists identify with a specific faith tradition and an even greater number (66% of natural scientists and 69% of behavioral scientists) show interest in spirituality.

It’s just possible that the narrow definition of science as solely a rational-based empirical process misses the mark. Sure, real science incorporates sound reasoning coupled with accurate assessment through experimentation and observation.

 But what about inspiration?  Does it have a place in scientific research?

“Given that some prominent scientists over the years have opined that God must be kept out of science – or that science will no longer be science, it is an important finding that many theistic scientists believe that God’s inspiration and blessing have been integral to their own scholarly efforts,” according to a qualitative research study recently published in Explore Journal . 

In The Role of Inspiration in Scientific Scholarship and Discovery: Views of Theistic Scientists, Kari A. O’Grady, PhD and P. Scott Richards, PhD survey a wide variety of scientists and scholars with a diverse mix of religious affiliations. 

Respondents in the study shared their experiences with inspiration.  Continue reading Inspiration: It’s place in the halls of science