Day: February 8, 2014

Science and the belief in miracles

The senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope is a woman of faith. That doesn’t make Dr. Jennifer Wiseman a creationist, of course, but she does believe in God, and in miracles. Will Saletan at Slate.com recalls these observations Wiseman made a few months back at a forum on religion and public life:

Rituals of sincerety

When Chris Haw, now a Roman Catholic, looks back on his days as a worship leader at one branch of a famous mega-church, he learns that there is ritual implicit in pious non-ritualism. More important, done well liturgy works in a way that does not need to be forced.

Appearances and Judgment Calls

Jesus answered them, ‘I performed one work, and all of you are astonished. Moses gave you circumcision (it is, of course, not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), and you circumcise a man on the sabbath. If a man receives circumcision on the sabbath in order that the law of Moses may not be broken, […]