Monthly Archives: February 2006

Occam’s Razor

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“Plurality is not to be assumed without necessity.” -William of Ockham, Quodlibeta, Book V (ca. I324)


This idea is hard for me to explain.  What Ockham was getting at was theological.  Lots of theologians before his time were trying to use complex systems of science to in essence prove God’s existance.  Occcam (his Latin name) argued that were complexity was not neccesary one should be simple.  Simple and logical and therefore one could never prove God existed.  Occam however had no objection, God had to be taken by faith it was all part of it.  “As we shallsee, one hypothetical Occam’s razor dispensed iwth was the existence of God.  Not that he didn’t believe God exists, of course; he just thought you couldn’t prove it, because to do so yiou had to resort to rather complex (and incredible) arguments…but what Occam said, and most everyone eventually accepted, is that science and theology have differnet objects and require differnt methods…Accepting these conditison means that we won’t be able to scientifically prove God’s existence or His goodness, or any of the other tenets of faith.  Such a conclusion did not bother him at all; he thought theology as one thing (a matter of revelation) and science another ( a matter of discovery).  This idea took a while to prevail, as Galileo could have told you, but ultimately science and religion went their own separte ways.  In great part, this is what modernism is all about.”  -Micael Macrone, Ph.D 


What do I think?…?  The idea has truth in it.  The Bible was not written as a science textbook but about God and the supernatural.  Does relgion and sceince always need to be sperate?  No neccisarly yes or no.  They both are attempts to pursue truth.  But they are distinct at the same time.  Looking at the universe desighn is clear.  Is that religion or science?  If it is religion then science is part of relgion, if it is science relgion is part of science. It is part of reality, part of truth.  When two things are searching for the same thing at, at least one point they are going to meet.  God’s Word being truth will always stand, harmonious with the truth that is.  In essence Christ is truth and the sole, or at least greatest, goal seeing the natural world around us is seeing God’s glory, in the flower, the moon, and the brook.  When I look into science I see God’s fingerprints and it wows me. 


What do you think?


Peace to all.

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Well that was the end of my Japan entries.  The rest of my posts will probably consist of my random squablings about life and ideas.  Faithful readers, peace to you all.  Peace to all in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ.

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Japan entry 24, The Kyoto Expieriance, July 27th 2005


“…Kyoto has been great.  The Godlen palace, Gion corner, shopping, Jijon castle, Heian shrine, Kyoto museum of traditional crafts.  Then leaving.  Or them now.  I feel odly numb, lonely, I need the Lord.  I don’t need anouther man.  I am a man, a man who needs God.”

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Author Date
Written
Earliest Copy Approximate Time Span between  original & copy

Number of Copies

Accuracy of Copies
 Lucretius died 55 or 53 B.C.   1100 yrs 2 —-
 Pliny 61-113 A.D. 850 A.D. 750 yrs 7 —-
 Plato 427-347 B.C. 900 A.D. 1200 yrs 7 —-
 Demosthenes 4th Cent. B.C. 1100 A.D. 800 yrs 8 —-
 Herodotus 480-425 B.C. 900 A.D. 1300 yrs 8 —-
 Suetonius 75-160 A.D. 950 A.D. 800 yrs 8 —-
 Thucydides 460-400 B.C. 900 A.D. 1300 yrs 8 —-
 Euripides 480-406 B.C. 1100 A.D. 1300 yrs 9 —-
 Aristophanes 450-385 B.C. 900 A.D. 1200 10 —-
 Caesar 100-44 B.C. 900 A.D. 1000 10 —-
 Livy 59 BC-AD 17 —- ??? 20 —-
 Tacitus circa 100 A.D. 1100 A.D. 1000 yrs 20 —-
 Aristotle 384-322 B.C. 1100 A.D. 1400 49 —-
 Sophocles 496-406 B.C. 1000 A.D. 1400 yrs 193 —-
 Homer (Iliad) 900 B.C. 400 B.C. 500 yrs 643 95%
 New
 Testament
1st Cent. A.D. (50-100 A.D. 2nd Cent. A.D.
 (c. 130 A.D. f.)
less than 100 years 5600 99.5%

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more disapointment. angry, yes. upset, even more.  at who, i don’t know if i could justify.  at somebody, i don’t know.  disapointment.  ha, ha, ha, ha.


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emotions, there fluxations are like a painful torrent of ice and fire.  bring all kinds of hells and brain freeze.


and, then what?


edit: this was nothing, the frustration-so not worth it

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I am kind of depressed this evening, I think it is because I thought I was doing something with someone who’s name is that of Abraham’s son and it did not happen.  Anticiapation+failed= dissapointment.  and then i missed 3 by 10.  I was going to go thuresday but then snowday blows it away.  and away.  i am sure it was great. I know God is.  What? Random.  but true.


God I love you so much.  Thank you for being there for me.  And I pray Glory be to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and shall ever be, world without end. Amen.

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Japan entry 23, The Kyoto Expieriance, July 27th 2005


…for the talley I met two girls who I thought were attractive.  Satsuki, my host sister [i know, it sounds wrong] and Mihoe.  Let me correct myself, I met two girls that had attractive traits or attributes.  [i don’t mean physicall neccesarliy] But that is all.  I never thought beyond that.  I fell a few times, but God picked me back up.  I feel strong in the Lord.  Those whoh say Amen, please pray for me.  God is delivering me but it is a process.  There is still much I need to learn. 

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Amazingness.  Simply put that the God of the universe cares to know me will forever seize ot amaze me.  What could be more meaninful.  God really touched deep parts of me this weekend.  I did not expect it.  The whole week was about demolishing pretense.  Friday night, demolishing pride.  Saterday morning, demolishing communication barriers with your parents.  Saterday night, demolishing your past.  I don’t think I have prayed harder in my life, it was all a God thing.  Wow.  My past is behind me and God has set himself before me, with me He is taking me to higher places.  My youth pastor describe it once as God’s Law being a map to show the way how to find him.  The only thing is that map was awfully hard for imperfect man to follow.  So God sent his only Son Jeusus Christ into the world, to be Imanuel-God with us- and show us the way.  And so God has once again opened my eyes and in the proccess blown me away. Sunday morning was about demoshing expectations that we have about God, the church, Christianity or things that God is doing.  The idea, where we expect healing, we see one raised from the dead.  Jesus performed these miracles on earth and even today.  Although what the raising from the dead is much different then the physical sese of it.  “In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3  Why is this, because if we are not born again, from above, we will never get. For it says also,”For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23  How can perishable eyes see what what God means by the Kingdom that is imperishalbe or hear his voice, which will have no end.  A new creation, rebirth, is neccesary.  And for this to come to pass one first must die; “because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.” -Romans 6:7-9 And so “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 It is the immense reality of this that also captivates my awe of God.  It is this truth that has set me free.  Jesus came to die, why so that we might have life.  Because it didn’t end at the cross He rose from the dead in the tomb.  Jesus Christ the victor over death has given us the life.  As the song goes “My Lord has conquered the grave, His blood has covered my sin, I believe, I believe.  Yes my Redeemer lives, my Redeemer lives…”  I would invite all who desire for life to seek this Jesus.

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So much for not staying pure.  Today I prayed with Bob and we both recommitted.  Depending on God’s grace and tusting in His Spirit, deliverance will come.  Let us pray, “forgive us our trespess as we forgive those who trespess against us.”  Thank you Lord that you are merciful, that your grace is sufficient.  I also want to thank you for an awsome weekend being my hope that I recommit to. Amen.


It was so amazing to see God work in peoples lives including my own.  “More then the desert needs the rain,


More then the fire needs the flame,


I need your touch again.”