Occam’s Razor


“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.

About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

5 responses »

  1. Greetings,
    The are both searching for truth but different aspects of truth.  Religion is searching for supernatural truth, and science for natural truth.  Science explores the creation and religion is searching for the creator.   They are both good, and can be complementary, but can never contradict.

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