November 3, 2010 | 10:53 am

Wednesday – Scientific Imagination & the Bible

When it comes to religion and science, “imagination” is not a word we use frequently. But a quote from Emerson has me thinking. He said, “Science does not know its debt to imagination.” And as I pointed out in a previous blog, part of what spurred the scientific imagination was faith. Now I don’t want to be perceived as someone who is trying to spin faith as the basis for science, but the rise of science had connections to an imagination born of faith. One could say that to some degree, faith motivated people to want to know more. I think this still exists, but we’ve limited the sources of where “more” can be found.  A principle of the Reformation was sola scriptura (Scripture alone), and this grounded our source of authority to the Bible. While engaging Scripture is critical and transformational, we are reminded by the very biblical texts we study that we are to look to all of creation to learn. In Psalm 19 it says that day by day creation pours forth speech (verse 2). This means that the Good Book to which we look tells us to look for the good beyond the Book.