“The source of the universe’s unity, order, and consistency is to be found, Colossians is suggesting, in the continuing work of God in Christ.”
What to Consider
- Should physics influence Christian theology? Should Christian theology influence physics? Can you think of a time when your theology has been shaped by physics or other areas of scientific research?
- What “proofs” for God have you heard that have their origins in “the gaps” of scientific research? In your opinion, are they valid arguments, or do you agree with Wilkinson that the “god of the gaps” is “always in danger of becoming irrelevant as science fills in more of its own story?”
- Wilkinson quotes Karl Barth, a staunch opponent of natural theology who nonetheless insists that creation reveals God to humanity. Where do you see yourself in this discussion? Can creation reveal God, even if only in a limited way, or is God only known through Jesus Christ, as Barth insisted? What difference does it make in our theology? What about in our preaching?