Sunday, July 05, 2015

Collect for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Prayer book of 1549
GRAUNTE Lorde, wee beseche thee, that the course of thys worlde maye bee so peaceably ordred by thy governaunce, that thy congregacion may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietnes; thoroughe Jesus Christe oure Lorde.

Physics describes the Universe with mathematical principles called laws. The theory of our evolution as a species is given by carefully stated principles which demonstrate how we have come to be. There are other laws such as the Peter Principle - being promoted to one's level of incompetence - which also show how social and corporate dynamics work. Virtually every method we use to predict future events is by application of laws and principles.

The study of these laws and ideas is fascinating and give much fulfillment to the scientist when she finds her predictions corroborated by experiment. Mathematics even seeks to derive these laws from ever more simple principles, and yet the law for the submicroscopic does not yet marry up with the law for the galactic. How do these laws themselves come to be? Are they habits formed by matter and energy which are now so engrained? If so, then how do those habits start in the first place?

With God, we have some explanation as to why the laws of the universe are the laws that they are. We have know knowledge of any other potential universes that God may have created, we only have this one with its rich tapestry of law and order which makes Science such an affirmation of being human. However, if we seek the truth more fully, then we must look at where the laws come from and ask "why?" not "how?" because "why?" is a question that transcends the scope of "how?". It is God our governor and how excellent is His name in all the Earth!

1 comment:

Camborne Pixie said...

However in the social sciences, we are stumbling about in the dark, the maths doesn't keep up with the complications of our decision making, and finding an over-view which takes into account politics, social psychology, economic, psychology, human biology, as well as the ways in which our beliefs affect how we act.

So, trying to decide which charity is the most effective, or whether the government should subsidise low paying employers, or which decisions would make a difference to climate change, or what is the best way to enable the disabled to participate in society... these are questions with which we need to engage, but the answers are not obvious.