Science in Christian Perspective
Letter to the Editor
George Blount, ASA Member
12340 Highway 66
Ashland OR 97520
From: PSCF 52 (June 2000): 146-147.
Peter Zoeller-Greer's article on Genesis and quantum physics is very welcome (PSCF 52, no. 1 [March 2000]: 8). When Nietzche announced that God was dead, the god who had been slain was the classical god that many people of faith still hold onto. Greer's association of the biblical prohibition against making graven images with the constructs of science, I find fascinating and challenging.
I believe that much of the problem that scientists have had with the indeterminate nature of the micro-world could be resolved by what (I think) is a better understanding of what it is to create. First of all, God created, which I take to mean that something is really "there" even if nobody "looks." Second, the various layers of creation build upon one another. Higher levels have properties not found in lower levels. (See, George Bount, "A True Creation," PSCF 51, no. 4 [December 1999]: 258-9.)
Progressing downward in levels is bound to eventually encounter a mix of properties that is foreign to our macro-world. Some properties, essential to our realm of reality, might be missing. One such property is the chronological sequence of cause and effect. If God is somehow "outside" of time, time must be part of creation. We have regressed, in our experimental investigations, to a level where time no longer has the same (or any?) meaning as in our daily lives. The need for other "realities" (or other speculations) is avoided by recognizing that nature builds upon itself, layer upon layer. Projecting other realities is, I believe, an attempt (unconscious, perhaps) to force a classical explanation onto a non-classical situation. Success would assure that the slain god stays dead, and thus, assure the validity of the atheistic philosophy.