Healing and Christianity: A Classic Study

Healing and Christianity: A Classic Study

Healing and Christianity: A Classic Study

Healing and Christianity: A Classic Study

Excerpt

Few of us pause to gaze with amazement and wonder at the majesty and mystery of the universe of which we are a part. We seldom look at the infinite complexity of our bodies, minds, and souls which have developed on the surface of our miraculous planet earth. Most people of the Western World were brainwashed during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to believe in a materialistic worldview. From this point of view the universe was the product of the chance interactions of purely physical particles; the world of spirit and of soul were an illusion. In the middle and late twentieth century, physical science and medicine began to offer a very different understanding of reality.

In the last ten years new evidence has been presented from scientific and medical professions to support the idea that our universe and we human beings were created by an infinitely wise and purposeful reality. Few theologians kept abreast of these developments, and so most of them remained caught in the nineteenth-century worldview. In their work there is little place for human fellowship with the Divine or spiritual healing.

The most striking statement of this new worldview was published in 1986 and had been reprinted four times when I received a copy of the book in 1990. A mathematical physicist and mathematical astronomer with no religious ax to grind proposed that the incredible mathematics that makes possible the development of the universe and intelligent life on earth simply could not happen by chance. They clearly state that the universe was created so that we humans might observe the Creator. The universe was created so that intelligent life might emerge within it. They show evidence that the earth, far from being an insignificant tiny planet on the edge of a minor galaxy circling a small star, may well be the

This point of view is examined in depth in Chapter 13.

In The Anthropic Cosmohgical Principle, a closely reasoned and mathematically supported 700-page book, John D. Barrow and Frank Tipler argue that we can observe intelligence and purpose in the creation of the universe and the development of human intelligence and purpose. The bibliographical data for this book and others mentioned in this introduction are found in the Bibliography.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.