Strong Reasons

Strong Reasons, Ken Chant“There is nothing so ridiculous but some philosopher has said it.”...   De Divinatione II.119; Cicero (B.C. 106-43)

“One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.”   Discourse on Method II; Descartes (1637)

I have a secret dread:  While this book shreds what I think are the follies of others, it may happen that I am myself not without sin. Someone more learned than I in philosophy or physics may find my own ignorance brazenly standing in these pages. If so, he or she may be tempted to throw the slur back to me: “There is nothing so absurd but some preacher will spout it!” I hope not. Yet I must admit that I am neither physicist, scientist, nor philosopher.

In those fields no higher status belongs to me than that of a reasonably well-read and intelligent layman. While I have done my homework as well as I can, I hardly expect to be
free of all error. So if you find a piece of nonsense mixed in with what I trust will be mostly wisdom, please be charitable. Any straightening you may like to do of crooked places will be welcome.

Someone may ask: “If you are not competent, why then did you write the book?” Ah, but I did not say that I lacked competence, only that I am a layman. A problem often comes with books written by experts: only experts can understand them. But I am an ordinary man writing for ordinary people. My only advantage has been God’s gift of time and opportunity.

The above remarks, however, should be confined to those pages that employ physics and philosophy to present rational arguments for Christian belief. Other parts of the book deal with biblical ideas, and are more familiar territory. There, after forty years of ministry, I may reasonably claim to speak with higher authority.

Above all, I stand with you as a searcher after truth, yet one who recognises that all truth, whether sacred or secular, ultimately derives from God and must therefore be harmonious with his nature and will. May he then, who is the Truth, open our minds to perceive his imperishable wisdom.

What has science to do with faith? As it happens, a great deal. Yet in popular imagination science and faith are about as compatible as sugar and sand.  Mix them together and you spoil both! But without faith - and a large dollop of it - there would be no science.

The entire enterprise (as we shall see) rests upon several leaps of faith. Indeed, where science is rightly understood, it should lead irresistibly on toward that highest faith of all - trust in the living God. Does not the scripture say -"

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies reveal his handiwork.
Day after day brings its message; night after night
bears faithful witness. ... Their testimony goes out across the whole earth;
their words reach to the end of time.” (Ps 19:1)

“What can be known about God has been made plain to all mankind, for God himself
has shown it to them. From the time the world was first created his limitless power and
eternal nature, which were invisible, have been made visible,
and able to be understood, by the things he has made.
So they are without excuse.” (Ro 1:19-20) 

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