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.